Courtney Marcher
North American Missing Persons Network
Courtney Marcher

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Above Images: Marcher, circa 2004

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 4, 2004 from Velzeyland, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 18, 1982
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 160-175 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Athletic build. Tattoos:
    five stars on left foot; Japanese or Chinese symbols on
    lower back. Two to three piercings in each ear, pierced navel,
    pierced tongue.
  • Medical Conditions: Seizures generally controlled by
    medication. She had not suffered any in the recent months
    prior to her disappearance.
  • Clothing: Green two-piece swimming suit with a blue
    short-sleeve rash guard top. Some reports state she was
    wearing an orange bathing suit.
  • Jewelry: Ring in navel, stud in tongue.
  • Case Number: 04-137557

  • Details of Disappearance
    On April 4, 2004, Courtney left her Kueho Street home at around 6:30 am to go surfing with friends at Velzeyland, a five-minute walk from the home she shared with friends. By 8:30 a.m., those surfing with Marcher said, she told them she was going to shore. She was last seen paddling in to catch a wave, but no saw if she made it. Even though the water seemed relatively calm that day, the waters off the North Shore are powerful. Six-foot faces were reported on the 4th, with a large swell and 25 ft faces on the 5th.

    Ground and air searches were conducted by Honolulu police, fire, and Department of Land and Natural Resource crews with no leads and no evidence of foul play. Her surfboard was found on April 7 by two fishermen 3 miles off Kaena Point, 18 to 20 miles north of her last known location, 7 miles off the surfbreak, which according to experts is consistent with the drift pattern.

    Her board was intact with no significant damage, however the ankle leash was severed. Examination by shark experts were inconclusive, with one expert indicating the marks were consistent and the other indicating they were not. Velzeyland is not typically known for sharks ~ at least, not more than other surf spots ~ and no one reported seeing any that week. Others felt the markings on the leash were consistent with the leash being broken or snapped after being repeatedly pulled against the sharp coral and rock ledges that are prevalent in some locations along the North Shore.

    In July of 2004, her family and friends held a memorial service for her in her hometown of Satellite Beach, FL. In 2005, the T & C Surf Women's Pipe competition on the north shore of Oahu was dedicated in her memory. Investigators and others believe she likely ran into trouble in the water and is not a victim of foul play.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Honolulu Police Department, Missing Persons Unit
    Det. Phil Camero
    (808) 529-3394

    Source Information
    Honolulu Advertiser
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    KITV-4 News