UPDATED – 4PM – A Lewes man was reported missing the ocean just after 1:30 this morning when a friend saw him go into the water in the area of Rehoboth Avenue – she called for help after he was gone for about 20 minutes. Officials from the Coast Guard and Rehoboth Beach Police searched for him but did not locate Toner. Around 11am Monday Toner’s body was sported in the surf in the area of Tower Road south of Dewey Beach. A forensic investigator removed the body to conduct a death investigation led by Rehoboth Beach Police and the Delaware State Police. Foul play is not suspected. If you have information on this incident – contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or Detective Tyler Whitman at 302-524-1391.
12pm – The Coast Guard, along with Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police and Rehoboth Beach Police Department, have been searching for Timothy Toner, a 43-year-old swimmer who went missing early Monday morning. He was last seen wearing black pants and no shirt.
Just before 11:30am Rehoboth and Bethany fire officials, DNREC and county paramedics were called for a body in the surf. The body was pulled to shore in the area of Towers Road. Rehoboth Police and the medical examiner’s office are working to make an identification
Multiple agencies spent the early hours of Monday searching the ocean in downtown Rehoboth Beach for a missing man.
Around 1:38 a.m., a woman who contacted police said her friend had entered the rough ocean surf off Rehoboth Avenue about 15 minutes earlier. She said she did not see him return to shore. His shirt, shoes, wallet and cell phone were reportedly found on the beach.
A Coast Guard helicopter searched by air while a Coast Guard vessel, Lewes fire boat and the DNREC marine police searched from the water.
The search continues as of 4 a.m. Please check WGMD.com and WGMD for updates.