Anthony R. Beirnes

Left: Anthony circa, 1986

Right: Age Progressed to age 45

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: January 25, 1986

Missing From: Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington

Classification: Lost, Injured Missing

Date Of Birth: June 10, 1968

Age: 17 years old

Height and Weight: 5’10″ and 140 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Anthony has a scar on his knee and his nickname is “Tony”

NCMEC Number: 1207300

Details of Disappearance 

Anthony was last seen in Anacortes, Washington with his two friends, Mitchell Zimny and Keith Humenik, on January 25th 1986. They went out on the ocean on a homemade 10 foot aluminum white skiff. The three of them were last seen near Fidalgo Island. They were only meant to be gone for about an hour but none of them ever returned to shore and were never seen or heard from again.

The boys did not take any equipment with them like camping gear. They were intending to head for Young Island. It’s unknown if they were going fishing or possibly exploring.

After the boys were reported missing, searchers found one of the skiffs oars on the southern side of Burrows island and this would be the only trace of the boys that would ever be found. Keith, Anthony, and Mitchell are believed to have drowned. The United States Coast Guard searched for the boys until January 29th.

The boys were all juniors in high school at the time of their disappearances. Their cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Skagit County Sheriffs Office 360-336-9450

Source Information 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project


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