Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
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.
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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Honolulu Police Department, Missing Persons Unit
Det. Phil Camero