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Case File 3577DMFL


Charles Jacob Persho
Missing since January 14, 1998 from the Gulf of Mexico, Pinellas County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Charles Persho was working on the fishing vessel "the Kelly J", with Edward Ballo.
Persho had worked on a couple of fishing vessels out of Maderia Beach. He then met with Ballo, at which time Ballo hired him to go out and fish.
While 60 miles west of Madeira Beach, in the Gulf of Mexico, Persho became sick and started to hallucinate. He then jumped into the water. Ballo tried to get Persho back on the boat, throwing ropes and extending a ladder out to Persho, but Persho kept pushing them away. Ballo then called the Coast Guard for assistance. By the time they arrived Ballo could not find Persho, as he was lost somewhere in the water.

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

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Cold Case Unit
Detective Michael Bailey

Agency Case Number: 98-11027

Source Information:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

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