• Search continues for woman missing in water near Jekyll Island

    By: Deanna Bettineschi, Action News Jax


    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and local agencies spent a third day Wednesday searching the water near Jekyll Island for missing woman Laura Hutchins.

    The Coast Guard said Hutchins and her husband, Raymond Hutchins, were last seen Sunday.

    When their son didn’t hear from them, he called for help.

    Their boat was found running with their dog inside it, but Georgia DNR Sgt. Mark Carson said they weren’t in the boat.

    “Mr. Hutchins was found yesterday, and we’re continuing our search for her today,” said Carson.

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    Carson said Raymond Hutchins’ body was found near St. Andrews Sound.

    Carson said another search for a different missing boater, Charles Johnson, ended Wednesday when his body was found in the marshes near Colonel’s Island, not far from his boat.

    He disappeared Friday.

    “It was in the same general area and with the Tropical Storm Colin, the high tides, we believe, washed him onto the marsh,” said Carson.

    Carson said crews will continue to look for Laura Hutchins and use side-scan sonar to aid them in their search.

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