77-Year-Old Fair Oaks Man Missing in Vallejo

Phillip Mattingly has a tugboat docked on Mare Island. Police believe he may have fallen in the water.

The disappearance of a 77-year-old man from Mare Island triggered a search of the water Sunday, according to Vallejo police.

Vallejo police were contacted around 8 a.m. Sunday by a 52-year-old man on the 900 block of Nimitz Avenue on Mare Island who said his father was missing, Lt. Kenny Park said. 

The father, 77-year-old Phillip Mattingly, a Fair Oaks resident who has a tugboat docked on Mare island, was last seen Saturday evening around 5 p.m.

Police quickly became concerned because his boat and vehicle were still in the area, and his personal effects were still there and intact. There were no signs of foul play, but it appeared likely that he might have fallen into the water, Park said.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office dive team and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search of the area, but Park said their search efforts were hampered by poor conditions, including a strong current.

Officials plan to resume the search when conditions improve, but Park was unsure when that would be.

Park said Mattingly apparently took his boat out regularly, and may have been in the area to do some maintenance work.


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