BOLTON, Monte

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BOLTON, Monte Howard (1970-1992)[SS#] drowned at Anacapa Island on January 5, 1992. A Missing Persons flier Weight 130 lbs. states:

"Age 27; Height 5 ft. 9"; Dk. brown hair, hazel eyes, last seen wearing gray & blue jacket, jeans, multi colored land deck shoes, neon orange P.F.D. Last seen Sat. Jan 4, 1992, 12:30 p.m. Near the Cathedral Cove Caves on Anacapa. Please contact Edgar Bolton with any info. (805) 495-4370."

" Monte was last seen at Channel Islands National Park on January 4, 1992. He and his 21-year-old brother, Bryan Bolton, were visiting their parents in Thousand Oaks, California for the 1991/1992 holidays when went out on a sailboat with their older brother and two brothers-in-law. The group went to Anacapa Island, about eleven miles southwest of the Channel Islands Harbor, and then Bryan and Monte decided to explore the island's sea caves. They left on an eight-foot dinghy and were last seen heading west from the north side of the island. The brothers never returned from their trip. Their dinghy was found about fifty yards north of Cathedral Cave, upright, but full of water. About twenty-four hours after the brothers were reported missing, a searching dive team found Bryan's body at the back of an Anacapa Island sea cave. The divers thought they saw a second body as well, but couldn't be sure, and they had to suspend the search because of the weather. Monte is presumed to have drowned, but his body was never recovered." [NOTE: His body was recovered on January 7, 1992.]



In the News~

January 7, 1992 [LAT]: “The Coast Guard called off its search Monday for a Thousand Oaks man reported missing and presumed drowned off Anacapa Island, but his family continued searching for signs of him. Channel Islands National Park and Coast Guard officials confirmed that Monte Bolton, 27, is presumed to have drowned along with his brother, Bryan Bolton, 21, when violent storms swept into the area when they were exploring sea caves Saturday. The brothers, who attended college in Utah, were spending the holidays with their family. Divers discovered Bryan Bolton’s body Sunday afternoon, but were forced to discontinue their search for the second brother because of turbulent swells and darkness…”