Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Search continues for missing man who disappeared from the Sawgrass Ridge Golf Club

Law enforcement and other members of the media surrounded the dense pine-covered terrain and drove slowly through the darkened woods on Wednesday night to learn more about the case of a missing man, Chris Lambie, who family members said went for a jog near the famed Sawgrass Ridge Golf Club and never returned.

Lighthouse Point Police Chief Jay Brown said there was “no known evidence” at the scene and no evidence to believe that any other person, or object, had been dropped off at the course. At a press conference held early Thursday morning, Chief Brown said that the police were prepared to “continue the search until all potential suspects are identified and have been accounted for.”

The chief said they had uncovered a body, but the authorities were not ready to say that it was that of Mr. Lambie. The police said they considered the body to be that of Mr. Lambie, who disappeared around 2 a.m. on April 7. Police divers went in the water near Mr. Lambie’s home on April 11, but found nothing.

The bodies of 13 others were found in the “Oasoo” and “Hemingway” areas of the county in the days leading up to the search. The FBI has a diving team at the scene and Mr. Lambie’s girlfriend, Gabby Petito, said he was planning to join the team on Monday.

Mr. Lambie worked as a correctional officer for the Florida Department of Corrections and resigned last month from his position. The police have cited “suspicious circumstances” in connection with his disappearance.

Authorities said they believe he was with a known friend in Palm Beach County, but the friend was not in the area when Mr. Lambie went missing. They also said that they planned to search the area where the bike path from Lighthouse Point to Pine Island Park is located.

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