John Stephen Claypool
Claypool, approximately 1998
Date reported missing : 01/12/1998
Missing location (approx) :
Lake Worth, Florida
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/25/1962 (59)
Age at the time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 175 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Claypool was last seen in Lake Worth, Florida on January 12, 1998. He was diving with some friends that day and disappeared while trying to surface from a 245-foot dive on a sunken barge two miles off the Port of Palm Beach.
Claypool apparently lost control of his buoyancy and began to struggle. Two of his companions tried to help him, while a fourth diver made it to the top and alerted the dive boat. He never surfaced and has never been heard from again.
Claypool was employed as a police detective in West Palm Beach, Florida at the time of his disappearance. He is presumed to have drowned.
Other information and links : ncy
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. March 31, 2018; middle name and picture added.