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Coast Guard suspends search for boat shop worker who went missing from Curtis Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boat shop worker who went missing Saturday morning from Curtis Bay.

The Coast Guard suspended the search for technician Allen Van Dyke around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, about a day after the man disappeared while working on a 25-foot vessel at the Jaws Marine boat shop at the mouth of Curtis Creek. Officials say he was last seen Saturday around 9:30 a.m. wearing dark clothing.

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About 45 minutes later, the vessel was found unmanned by Maryland Natural Resources Police less than a mile from the shop. The Coast Guard dispatched a search boat and helicopter.

Maryland Natural Resources Police, with the assistance of Baltimore Police Department’s marine unit, are continuing to search daily for Van Dyke, according to a spokeswoman.

Coast Guard officials have a complex system for determining when to suspend a search and consider many factors including temperature, tides and currents, according to spokeswoman Corinne Zilnicki.

No additional evidence was found during the search, Zilnicki said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Tim Prudente contributed to this article.

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