Missing Boater

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney​

Press Release

July 14, 2020​​​​​

Dartmouth Police and Fire, the Dartmouth Harbor Master, Massachusetts Coast Guard, Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office began a search for missing fisherman Robert Griffith, 76 years of age of South Dartmouth, MA after his wife reported him missing at 11:30 am today. Griffith left his home at approximately 5:00 am today to fish in his 14 foot Carolina skiff and was scheduled to return at 8:30 am.   Griffith’s boat was discovered at approximately 12:43 at Barney’s Joy Beach in Dartmouth unoccupied.  After a further search, Robert Griffith was discovered in the waters approximately half a mile out from Barney’s Joy Beach and pronounced deceased a short time later.  Foul play is not suspected.


Jennifer Sowa

Second Assistant District Attorney


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