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Maryland Civil Air Patrol joins search for missing brothers

April 6, 2021 12:00 p.m. — ST. MARY’S, Md. – Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol joined the search today for two brothers missing in coastal Southern Maryland. 13-year-old Jesse Oleg Clark and 15-year-old Josiah Vladimir Clark, both of Ridge, Md., were last seen in the 49000 block of Harry James Road, near Harry James Creek, around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 4. CAP involvement was requested by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

“Our Civil Air Patrol aircraft flew route and grid searches, concentrating on areas along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, including the area of Smith Island, Martin National Wildlife Refuge, and Tangier Island, as well as the Virginia shoreline.  We currently have 27 aircrew members from both Maryland and Virginia wings using 8 aircraft working in concert with local authorities to locate the two missing boaters,” stated Lt. Col. John Henderson, Maryland Wing vice commander and current CAP incident commander.

Civil Air Patrol is assisting with the search in its role as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, part of the Air Force program to support civil authorities to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage, and provide humanitarian assistance. In addition to the aircrew, other Maryland CAP members assist with mission planning and logistical support.

Maryland Wing is prepared to do additional search sorties if requested.

More than 1,200 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew 13 actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,245 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook.

Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and more than 2,000 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 130 lives during the past fiscal year. CAP’s 54,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to over 20,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or for more information.

Anyone with any information that can help locate the teens should call the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.


PHOTO CAPTION:   Stock photo of Civil Air Patrol Cessna aircraft

Lt. Col. Brenda A. Reed, CAP
Public Information Officer, Civil Air Patrol

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