Marine Police Unit Searching For Dereck Spenser

November 22, 2012

[Updated - marine search suspended until tomorrow] The police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 49 year old Dereck Spenser..

A police spokesperson said: “The Bermuda Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 49 year old Mr. Dereck Spenser, who was last seen about 4:30pm Wednesday afternoon, the 21st November 2012. At that time, he left his place of employment in the Dockyard area, on his motorcycle.

“Mr. Spenser lives on a houseboat in Ely’s Harbor and parks his motorcycle adjacent to Robinson’s Marina, Somerset Bridge, Somerset.

“Mr. Spenser’s motorcycle is parked in its regular position, but the punt that he normally uses to access his houseboat in the harbour is missing and he is not on his houseboat.

“Routine enquiries to locate Mr. Spenser have so far been unsuccessful. Anyone with any information as to Mr. Spenser’s whereabouts or his movements since Wednesday afternoon, is urged to contact the police immediately on 295-0011.”

Update 11.01am: The Marine Police Unit can been searching the waters/houseboat in Ely’s Harbor.

Update 11.03am: An audio statement from Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines is below.

Update 11.21am: A boat and personnel from the Regiment Boat Troop has arrived on scene to assist in the search

Update 12.50pm: An updated police statement just issued is below:

As the appeal continues for information regarding the whereabouts of 49 year old Dereck Spenser, members of the Bermuda Police Service Marine Unit and the Bermuda Regiment Boat Troop are currently searching the Ely’s Harbour area, where the missing man’s houseboat is located. Bermuda Maritime Operations has also issued a marine broadcast for any vessels in the area to assist in the effort to locate Mr. Spenser.

Mr. Spenser is described as brown skinned, of slim to medium build with close cut hair (grey in the front) and a grey moustache. He was last seen around 4:30pm Wednesday, November 21st. At that time, he left his place of employment in the Dockyard area on his motorcycle.

Anyone with any information on Mr. Spenser’s whereabouts or his movements since Wednesday afternoon is urged to contact the police immediately on 295-0011.

Update 4.56pm: The search for Mr. Spenser was suspended at 4.15pm, and will resume at 9am tomorrow.

At 4:15pm on Thursday, November 22nd the marine search for Mr. Dereck Spenser was suspended by dive teams in the Ely’s Harbour, Sandys parish area due to low visibility. The marine search is scheduled to resume at 9am Friday, November 23rd.

The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank those members of the maritime community that used their vessels to assist with the initial marine search effort.

Inquiries into the disappearance of Mr. Spenser are ongoing and anyone with any information on his movements since 4:30pm Wednesday, November 21st is urged to contact the police immediately on 295-0011.

Update 6.11pm: Video statement from Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines, along with a view of the search.

Update Nov 23, 6.30am: As of this time, there has not been any further updates on Mr Spenser’s whereabouts.

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  1. Good Grief says:

    Oh no! Pls Lord, I hope they find Derek (alive). One of my community brothers. Come together Somerset.

  2. Moms gingerbread says:

    I don’t know this gentleman but I pray that he is ok.

    • Back to Life, Back to Reality says:

      I feel the same way. Hope this guy is okay.

  3. Neda says:

    Good I pray for this mans safe return..

  4. Oh no says:

    Oh no hope Derek is found ok.

  5. Richard says:

    I hope he okay I pray for his family and friend I met a few time very nice person

  6. swing voter says:

    Spencer is a good guy…really hoping he just went overseas to shop and forgot to tell someone…

  7. Sherlene says:

    Good day all, All the best in finding Derek . I worked with him at Supermart on front street. Very nice guy.

  8. tom says:

    good man right there

  9. roger says:

    Hope & pray Spencer is found. He a brite spirited guy

  10. thankful says:

    always has a smile..the nicest guy ever! may the spirit bring him home safely.

  11. Pastor Syl Hayward says:

    O LORD,no! Hold firm to your faith, Tange. The family’s praying for his safe return.

  12. Prayers says:

    I really hope they find my cousin!! He’s a great guy and wouldn’t hurt a fly. Was always smiling and optimistic when times were great and when times were bad. He has got to be alive somewhere!

  13. Scaur Lady says:

    I last saw Dereck when he was passing the house yesterday morning on his way to work. I sure hope they find him as he is a wonderful person. Prayers to his lovely wife abd fammily

  14. Trish says:

    We must pray for his return he is a good man known him for over 25yrs

    • Ann says:

      I pray that Derek is o.k. I went school with him, and frequently spoke with him at Port Royal Gas Station. Very, very nice guy.

  15. Oh no says:

    Bernews is there any update yet it is 3:03pm ? I really hope he is ok a really nice guy.

  16. Pastor Syl Hayward says:

    Tangie, we want to help/offer support and can’t reach you. Please call me, if you can. 292-3094

  17. I wonder,, says:

    He is in my thoughts and prayers,, Very positive soul…

  18. swing voter says:

    If anyone knows anything please tell. Its very unusual that Spencer would just not show up to work or tend to business

  19. Myzterri says:

    Has anyone checked with the airlines to see if maybe he went on a trip??? May the Lord watch over his family and friends and I pray he is found safe.

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  21. Truth is killin' me... says:

    I have never in all my life living in Bermuda seen as many missing persons or murders as I have seen in the past 5 years. I am mad as hell about all this bullsh*t and pray that this man is returned safely to his family. First North Shore and then this. This island needs to change! Damn…damn…damn!!!

    • Bee says:

      You don’t even know what happened to him,why are u mad as hell. don’t be so negative.this does not necessarily mean that someone deliberately did something bad to him unless you have more facts than anybody else.

      • Truth is killin' me... says:

        Where you been living Bee. Sounds like it’s not the same place I’m living. Sh*t pops off every other day round this place and it never used to be like this. You got seniors scared to come outta their houses at night or answer their doors and young kids getting inside before dark. Keep dreamin’ and unstick your head from Horshoe Bay!!!

        • Smh says:

          @Truth- PLEASE SHUT UP!

          You have absolutely no idea what happened. Him and his punt are missing, therefore ANYTHING could have happened. So do the friends and family of Mr. Spencer a favor and take your assumptions elsewhere!

        • Logic76 says:

          If you recall there was an Italian waiter who worked at Portofino years back who passed away in a similar incident while rowing to his live-aboard boat. This isn’t necessarily foul play; most likely it isn’t.

  22. jennifer says:

    gee so unreal,i have known him and his wife for so long,i just finished talking to both of them at the hotel they work, was socked to see them,i laughed and said you know you are one good man,and your wife. well i have never seen two people in love even after all these years,and always toghter,this is how it should be for everyone in marriage they where a prime example of two people toghterness,i cant beleive this,i know his wife must be beside herself right now,i pray that nothing has happened,he smiled all the time,always had kind words for you,and a warm way about it,i cant think that someone would do something to him,and if that the case well i hope they deal with that person.went school with his wife and watched them over the years of there lives and always found them both to be two sweet people,i always said i would love to find someone like him,i used to say,telling his wife its hard to find a good man,i pray for his safe return to his wife and family,cause if they sure will miss him,and i know i sure will miss him too,and his kind words and smile.

  23. Edna Simmons says:

    We love you and we are praying for Derek’s safe return.
    If there is anything that we can do please let us know.

    Aunt Ed & family