2 men are rescued, 3 reported missing

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

September 22, 2005|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,sun reporter

Two Dundalk men rescued from a southeastern Baltimore County island Tuesday after jumping off a stolen boat were arrested on theft charges, and authorities continued to search yesterday for three others who, the men said, also jumped from the vessel but never made it to shore.

Investigators did not know yesterday whether the claims about three missing men were true - no one had come forward to verify the information. Maryland Natural Resources Police conducted a search Tuesday and yesterday, using boats and a helicopter, according to a spokesman.

"We're not going to discount [the men's] stories," said Cpl. Ken Turner. "We're handling it just like any other case where three people are missing."

Authorities went to Pleasure Island, a small island in the Chesapeake Bay between the Millers Island peninsula and Hart-Miller Island, on Tuesday afternoon after receiving a call about an abandoned boat, and found Edwin Joseph Beam, 33, and Dennis Charles McDaniels, 32, there, Turner said.

Both men said they jumped off the 27-foot Bayliner and swam to Pleasure Island after the boat ran out of fuel, Turner said. The boat, which had been stolen Monday night from the Key Yacht Club in Baltimore, apparently washed up on shore later, he said.

While being questioned, Beam and McDaniels, who, Turner said were intoxicated and wet when discovered, mentioned three other men who, they said, jumped off the boat with them.

No divers have been summoned for the search because the men could not say where they jumped into the water, Turner said.

Beam and McDaniels have been charged with felony theft and were being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 bond.

lisa.goldberg@baltsun.com

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