Update: Located Deceased – Police identify missing boater as Jack Glaves, 58 of Tillsonburg urge citizens to keep searching

Update: OPP report that the missing boater, Jack Glaves, was located deceased in Lake Erie.


The missing man whose boat was found empty on the shores of Madison, Ohio, has been identified by police as Jack Glaves of Tillsonburg.

The search for Glaves, 58, is now in its third day. He left a Port Burwell marina Tuesday around 2 p.m. and never returned, police say.

Elgin County OPP say Glaves is six-foot-two, about 200 pounds, and was last seen wearing an orange shirt with a picture of a Reese’s peanut butter cup on it.

Three police marine units continue to comb the waters of Lake Erie for Glaves, and an underwater search and recovery team is mapping the last movements of his boat, OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said Friday.

“I know there’s still people out on Lake Erie searching for Mr. Glaves and searching for him to see if he’s floating around with a life jacket on,” Sanchuk said.

“Our hope is that we locate him alive, to bring him home safely.”

Glaves was first reported missing Tuesday night after he went out fishing. He never returned to the Port Burwell marina. On Thursday, his boat was found on the shores of Madison, Ohio, across Lake Erie. No one was aboard.

“Jack is a great man and a fighter and maybe floating around the lake,” a friend wrote on social media.

Big Otter Marina, where Glaves was last seen when he set out Tuesday afternoon on his 21-foot

Striper boat, has been appealing to other boaters to look for Glaves.

“He is out there somewhere, please continue to look for this boat. Long Point, Turkey Point, Port Stanley and beyond. He could be anywhere. Let’s not give up until he is located,” marina officials wrote on social media.

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