MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The search is over for the BAE Systems employee thrown into the Mobile River after the Carnival ship Triumph crashed into a pier earlier this month.
MOBILE POLICE NOTIFIED
Company officials said the body of a man identified as 64-year-old John "Buster" Johnson was found Friday, April 11.
The body was found not far from where Johnson was last seen on April 3.
The body found at BAE Shipyards was taken to Coast Guard headquarters at the Brookley Aeroplex.
BAE officials said Johnson had been missing since high winds broke the Carnival "Triumph" loose from her mooring.
Lt. Mike Clausen with the Coast Guard said, "The command center, the Coast Guard command center received a call around 8:00 a.m. that the dock workers at BAE had come in the shipyard, and found the remains of a body. It was recovered by the Mobile Police Department and it was taken away."
CLUES FROM SONAR
FOX10 News has learned that sonar used by the Mobile Police Department had detected what appeared to be a body in the water at BAE Shipyards earlier in their search, and Coast Guard officials said Thursday's rough weather could have been a factor in Friday morning's discovery.
Lt. Clausen said, "A storm can uncover debris: same thing with shipwrecks. It will uncover sand, which will make things easier to identify."
HELP FROM THE FLOTILLA
The Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla, a volunteer group, and other agencies have been assisting in the search since Johnson disappeared.
During this operation alone, Flotilla officials say they put in 1100 man hours.
Captain Jay Howard with the Flotilla said, "Our main goal was to make sure he did not get south, he did not get in the Mississippi Sound, and this would go on for months and months. That would be the worst thing possible."
STATEMENT FROM BAE
The president of BAE Systems issued a statement saying the company hopes Buster's family will have some closure, and thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Johnson's loved ones.
Family members didn't want to talk Friday, but, shortly after the accident happened, Johnson's wife, Bernadette, talked about the special things she loved about her husband of 37 years.
She said, "His smile, his sense of humor and he loved me."
Mrs. Johnson also said, "He was a good man, and he loved the Lord, and I guess this was the Lord's way of saying, 'Come on home.' "
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