ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) - For nearly two weeks, Jim and Margie Kane have been living with uncertainty of where their son is or what may have happened to him.
Authorities said James Joseph Kane, 21, and his dog Fannie went out on his 6-foot yellow kayak off the coast of N.A.S Pensacola on Monday, May 13 and haven't been seen since.
The Kane's said their son put his boat in the water around 2 p. m. near Lake Frederick Beach.
"We have been feverishly looking for Joseph since he went missing. We were there at the boat launch probably about 30 minutes after he was supposed to check in at 5 p. m. We looked for him for a little while and then we called the Coast Guard," said Jim Kane.
Since then, local and federal authorities have been combing the waters and sands across the Gulf Coast.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office was out Thursday, May 23 posting missing person's flyers in areas on Pensacola Beach, hoping to spread awareness for the weekend's Memorial Day crowds.
The Kane's said Joseph is a strong swimmer, who often spends his time out on the water.
"He usually wore his life vest, but swimming a mile or two wouldn't be out of the normal for him because of his skill set," Jim Kane said.
Officials said a number of big factors can affect a large search, including tides, weather and water conditions and the size of the Gulf.
The Kane's said phone records actually show that a call was attempted from Joseph's phone around 5 p.m. but had failed.
"He tried to call the house. I thought he would have called our cell phones. We don't know why he didn't try to call the cell phones after trying the house," said Margie Kane.
The Kane's said the support they've received from the community has kept them going.
"We knew Joseph as someone that had exceptional love for his fellow man. He loved everyone. What we found out since he went missing is how many people loved him. For us, it's really about turning it over to the Lord. Whether Joseph's alive, or not alive, we believe he's okay," Jim Kane said.
Deputies said Kane was traveling in a 6-foot yellow Riptide brand kayak with a black & silver Pelican brand kayak paddle. According to officials, Kane was also carrying a camouflage "dry bag" containing his wallet and cell
He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark red ski vest type life jacket, light green shorts with patterns, black close rim sunglasses, brown flip flops and an olive green Columbia broad rim hat.
Authorities said a fisherman has found a kayak matching the description of Kane's between Navarre and Fort Walton Beach. Officials plan to focus their search from Johnson's Beach in Perdido Key, Florida to Sandestin, Florida.
They also said a false Craigslist advertisement is needlessly diverting attention from search efforts in regards to missing kayaker James Joseph Kane.
Within hours of its posting, officers made attempts to contact the poster. They continued their investigation with the assistance of Craigslist and were able to determine that the advertisement was posted by someone using the information of a 19-year-old in another state.
Officers have contacted this person and have determined the advertisement to be false.
Anyone having any information concerning Kane should contact the Escambia County Sheriff's Office at 850-436-9620 or 850-436-9199.
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