Coast Guard calls off search for missing TX kayaker | Dr. Charles Ferguson Jr. not heard from since Jan. 1

Monday, January 7, 2019

The news of a kayaker who went missing near San Luis Pass, Texas, has had a far-reaching affect — something too personal for one Marshall family.

“He went kayaking on the first (of January),” Norma Jean Ferguson said. “They think he got caught in the storm when it moved in.”

Ferguson was speaking of her stepson, Dr. Charles Ferguson Jr., 49, of Houston.

Ferguson’s wife reported him missing after he failed to contact her Wednesday, Jan. 2. The Coast Guard conducted a search consisting of air and boat crews, as well as the Galveston Island Police Department and Galveston Island Beach Patrol boat crews, according to information published by Coast Guard News.

“They had helicopters, boats, people on the shores,” Norma Jean told The Marshall Democrat-News over the weekend. “The Coast Guard called off the search (Friday) night.”

Some of Ferguson’s property has been located — a woman who lives in the area found the kayak and brought it home. When she saw reports on the news, she gave it to the Coast Guard. In addition, his life jacket was also located. Ferguson’s truck was parked near an estuary.

San Luis Pass is located at the southwest end of Galveston Island. Ferguson is a medical doctor. He is the son of Charles Ferguson, of Marshall. As a child, he attended middle school in Marshall until his family moved to Texas.

Anyone with information on the missing kayaker should contact the Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at 281-464-4853.

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