Thursday, April 8, 2004

Surfer, 22, last seen
chasing the waves

Courtney Marcher was supposed to have gone to a North Shore barbecue with her roommates Sunday night, but never made it.

Courtney Marcher: Police say the 22-year-old was taking medication for epilepsy

The 22-year-old woman was last seen Sunday morning surfing with friends at Velzyland, a five-minute walk from her home on Huelo Street. By 8:30 a.m., those surfing with Marcher said, she told them she was going to shore, and she has not been heard from since.

"She was seen paddling in to catch a wave, but no one saw if she made it," said Phil Camero, a Honolulu police missing-persons investigator.

Though Camero said Marcher is described as a "strong surfer and swimmer," she might not have made it to shore. After two days of searching, police and fire crews have not found her 6-foot surfboard.

"That's one of the things we're concerned about. ... We definitely think something is not right here," Camero said.

About 30 Honolulu police officers and Department of Land & Natural Resources personnel searched brush areas and vacant homes near Velzyland yesterday.

Camero said Marcher was taking medication for epilepsy but had not had any recent seizures.

Marcher is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with an athletic build, blond hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green two-piece swimming suit and a blue short-sleeve rash guard top.

Marcher has five star tattoos on her left foot and Japanese characters tattooed on her lower back. Her surfboard is described as a white 6-foot Glen A. Klugel with black stars on the outer rim.

Witnesses can call Camero directly at 529-3394. Anonymous calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.


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