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    VA-Vernon Barnette, 48, Hopewell-12/11/2010

    Search launched for fisherman after boat found empty
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    HOPEWELL - Police and rescue workers searched Saturday for a fisherman who was last seen Friday evening.

    MKLV said her husband, Vernon Ryland Varnette Jr., an avid fisherman, left around 3:30 p.m. Friday. He frequently fishes at night, family members said, but usually he doesn't stay out into the early morning except during the summer.

    In the morning, MKLV said, police came to her house to notify her that her husband's johnboat had been found empty in Hopewell. She also received a call from the Coast Guard.

    Around noon on Saturday, a rescue boat was seen towing a johnboat to the Hopewell City Marina. Workers loaded it onto Varnette's trailer and pickup truck, which had stayed overnight at the marina, MKLV said.

    http://progress-index.com/news/searc...mpty-1.1076136

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    http://www.wric.com/Global/story.asp?S=13656531

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    http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=13659298


    What's being reported doesn't even match up. I'm not suggesting that Mr. B ran across any foul play, but there are some oddities that have me doing the old

    His name is Barnette. V.R. Barnette. He's 48.
    Last edited by Shutterfly; 12-13-2010 at 02:04 AM. Reason: spelling error


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    VA - Vernon Barnette, 48, Hopewell, 11 Dec 2010

    Search launched for fisherman after boat found empty
    *snipped and redacted by me

    HOPEWELL - Police and rescue workers searched Saturday for a fisherman who was last seen Friday evening.

    MKLV said her husband, Vernon Ryland Varnette Jr., an avid fisherman, left around 3:30 p.m. Friday. He frequently fishes at night, family members said, but usually he doesn't stay out into the early morning except during the summer.

    In the morning, MKLV said, police came to her house to notify her that her husband's johnboat had been found empty in Hopewell. She also received a call from the Coast Guard.

    Around noon on Saturday, a rescue boat was seen towing a johnboat to the Hopewell City Marina. Workers loaded it onto Varnette's trailer and pickup truck, which had stayed overnight at the marina, MKLV said.

    http://progress-index.com/news/searc...mpty-1.1076136

    News6
    http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-rescue...,3778276.story

    News8
    http://www.wric.com/Global/story.asp?S=13656531

    News12
    http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=13659298


    What's being reported doesn't even match up. I'm not suggesting that Mr. B ran across any foul play, but there are some oddities that have me doing the old

    His name is Barnette. V.R. Barnette.


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    I must be tired. What doesn't match up, and what are the oddities?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazzie View Post
    I must be tired. What doesn't match up, and what are the oddities?
    It's reported that relatives state Mr. B frequently goes out at night to fish, but not "usually overnight" during off season. Yet his wife, with it in the teens by the wee hours of the morning, goes to bed at 4:30am after "waiting up," when her wedding ring falls off and she states that she "knew in her heart at that moment that he wasn't coming home." WHAT? So she goes to bed. WHAT? She's apparently notified that her husband is missing, via LE, when they find his empty boat and knock on her door sometime after 8 am Saturday. Or at least that's how it's being reported.

    That's what got my attention. Before I read that I would have said he had a heart attack or fell overboard...even though I'd wonder what happened to his life jacket.


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    Ah, I see now.

    Another wife going to sleep instead of looking for her missing, boating husband (check out the Jon Hemingway case).

    I believe in signs and symbols too, but I wouldn't have given up on him based on that. That would be something to ponder after he is found.

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    I wonder if this one will be a "suicide" too. I can see an accident but not suicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milkymama View Post
    I wonder if this one will be a "suicide" too. I can see an accident but not suicide.
    It's a little odd. LE seems to have shut down almost immediately after they found Mr. B's boat. No info at all. No one's saying anything to the best of my knowledge and there's nothing more being reported in the news.


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    Quote Originally Posted by milkymama View Post
    I wonder if this one will be a "suicide" too. I can see an accident but not suicide.
    That was the first thing I thought of, too!

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    http://progress-index.com/news/searc...ater-1.1079069

    Search continues for missing boater

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    In a press release issued yesterday, Hopewell police and the Virginia Conservation Police announced they "wish to remind recreation boaters and commercial vessels in the Hopewell waterways" of Barnette's disappearance. He left the Hopewell City Marina late Friday evening, having told family he was going fishing. His johnboat was found the following morning, and an "extensive search by air and water"of the James and Appomattox Rivers commenced by multiple agencies. Barnette's pickup truck and trailer were still parked at the marina the following day.

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    Barnette is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with a full beard. Family members say he is an experienced fisherman with three boats.

    also from above article.....

    This is Mr. B




    I just wonder: Mr B is an avid fisherman and experienced boat owner who owns three boats, according to reports. His time "last seen" would put him in the water at or very close to dark. It was also cold and the wind was kicking up a bit according to weather reports. He was reportedly alone on the frigid water, after dark, on a windy, cold night. Did he have no life jacket on, in spite of his experience level? Especially for someone who would have to know that sometimes monster catfish can be pulled from that water, and that likelihood triples at night? I saw my Dad pull one from just west of the marina, before you get to the Benjamin Harrison bridge, that was 56 pounds. He almost went swimming over that fish, off of a 38 footer. That's small in comparison to some of the citation cats I've seen come from the water there. A fish like that, and the fight to get it in the boat, could easily spell disaster if you're not wearing a life jacket. I just can't believe he had no life jacket on.


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    http://www.wtvr.com/wtvr-rescuers-se...,5482211.story

    Hopewell Police tell CBS 6 that extensive land, air, and water searches for Barnette have been unsuccessful, and they are asking boaters on the James River to be on the look out for him.
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    I live right on the river just across from here...I'm on the York River, his body won't come my way. I'm sure they are looking for him not only that there are a lot of crabbers and fishing during this time of the year too so he'll be found. I don't think anything bad happened. I'm sure this man didn't have a life jacket on either. Every longboat person I've seen didn't have their life jacket on either.

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    If they are asking people in the James river to keep an eye out, man his body will probably float out to the Chesapeake bay then out to sea

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    A body has been found very close to where he went fishing.


    http://progress-index.com/news/body-...ning-1.1096215

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    Quote Originally Posted by milkymama View Post
    I wonder if this one will be a "suicide" too. I can see an accident but not suicide.
    Me too. Very close to where Kelly Catalano went missing and was then found deceased, and we know her family is very unhappy with the way authorities have treated her case as a suicide.

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