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Missing Swimmer Returning Home to Long Island

Raymond Roth was stopped early Thursday morning in South Carolina for speeding, according to reports.

The Massapequa man who allegedly while swimming at Jones Beach is not only alive and well, according to multiple reports, but headed back to Long Island.

Police were informed late Wednesday night that the missing man, Raymond Roth, . Roth's brother had called police with the information.

According to NBC New York, Roth was stopped by police in South Carolina for speeding around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Capt. Bruce Marx, of the New York State Park Police, said Roth was allegedly driving 90 mph in South Carolina when he was stopped by cops early Thursday. When police checked his license, they saw he was listed as a missing person and contacted authorities in New York.

"I have spoken to [Roth] and he advises that he is coming back and will let us know when he does," Marx told Newsday [paid link].

The 48-year-old Roth went with his son to Field 6 at Jones Beach for a swim Saturday afternoon. By 3:30 p.m., Roth's son reported his father missing.

A four-day search by the Coast Guard and Nassau County Police yielded no results for the the 48-year-old Massapequa resident until Wednesday night when authorities were alerted that Roth was down in Florida.

In the meantime, no criminal charges have been filed, Marx said. Police have not even been able to confirm that Roth was at Jones Beach Saturday, and said relatives' accounts could not be corroborated.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will provide more details when they are made available.

christine August 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
So, how much did that search cost tax payers?
Chris Wendt August 02, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I am glad the man is physically alright. That is a good outcome from the prayers that were offered on Sunday at least. There is a lot that could be speculated about. Probably best to wait and hear what really happened and why.
Kevin B August 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
All governmental entities should bill him for all costs involved. No different than calling in a false SOS. Would love to know what the total cost was.
Lorraine DeVita August 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Let me guess this is all a horrible mistake - , he is going to say he really WASNT at the beach his kid was mistaken - a BIG mistake and how terribly sorry he is for all the angst everyone went thru- I can hear him now - "sorry about the fuss but not my fault & the bill for the S&R? well isnt that what we pay taxes for ? " ones going to lie the the others are going to swear by it and in the meantime the taxpayers foot the bill for this twit.
Mark Zimmerly August 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
What a jerk off
xyz August 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
bet his girlfriend helped him
rick donovan August 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Maybe he swam to Florida!!!
Louise August 02, 2012 at 10:25 PM
He saw his latest LIPA bill and fled...
Chris Wendt August 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Read the story: "...no criminal charges have been filed.... Police have not even been able to confirm that Roth was at Jones Beach Saturday, and...relatives' accounts could not be corroborated." So far, the only unlawful act was speeding in South Carolina. Let's not put words in the man's mouth, and then try to make him out a liar on the basis of idle speculation.
rick donovan August 03, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Wife holding news event TODAY!!! Tune in to our Long Island SOAP OPERA!!!

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