Blake Kepley, a Fallbrook High School graduate was last seen between 12 and 1 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011. His family reported the 20-year-old missing at about 2:30 p.m. that same day according to the Village News; however, Sign On San Diego reports that the family notified the cruise line as early as 7:00 a.m. Both reports maintain that Holland America waited until 4:00 p.m. before contacting the Coast Guard to report that Kepley possibly went overboard.

The Coast Guard immediately began the search; however, was unsuccessful in locating Kepley and the search was suspended nearly 24 hours later after covering more than 352 miles. Kepley went missing between Sikta and Ketchikan during his Alaskan cruise aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam.

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  • how disrespectful

    I hope for his safe return and prayers with his family but the news and his neighbors dont need to be disrespectful about the situation. Interview the family, not some lady whos starving for her 5 minutes of fame

  • how shallow

    How is expressing sadness for a lost friend and neighbor being disrespectful? My heart goes out to the Kepley Family who have lost a loved one and to their neighbors who have lost a friend.