Thursday, March 6, 2008

Harbour Town Yacht Basin Owners Missing

Thursday March 6, 2008
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

ABC News is reporting that Harbour Town Yacht Basin owners John Calvert, 47, and his wife Elizabeth, 45, have not been seen since Monday March 3, 2008 after a late afternoon business meeting.


A search of their yacht “Yellow Jacket” and a home in Atlanta have turned up no evidence of foul play, but also no indication that those places had been visited since Monday.


Photo: Members of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department use a K-9 to search the dock around the boat of the missing couple Thursday afternoon. Credit: Jonathan Dyer/The Island Packet

John Calvert failed to meet his employees for a morning meeting on Tuesday and his wife Elizabeth Calvert, a tax attorney in Savannah, also never arrived at work.

In Hilton Head the couple normally stays aboard their 45-foot motor yacht named Yellow Jacket. The boat is reportedly tied up and secure, in its normal slip at the Harbor Town marina. ABC news is reporting that it does not appear that the couple slept aboard the boat on Monday night and that they left behind their dog and a cat but that nothing seems to be missing.

What is missing is their silver 2006 Mercedes E320 with Georgia tags, but the vehicle's GPS system is not activated and calls to the Calvert’s' phones go directly to voice mail.

The Beaufort Gazette is quoting Sheriff P.J. Tanner that the disappearance is "raising eyebrows" and that he would not rule out that the couple may have been victims of a crime.


Friday March 7, 2008

The Beaufort Gazette is reporting:

The Mercedes belonging to John and Elizabeth Calvert was found in a parking lot in Palmetto Dunes early this morning, but the car contained no clues to their whereabouts, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

The car was found in a commercial parking lot in the Hilton Head Island resort. The Sheriff's Office would not say which lot it was because it is part of the ongoing investigation, Lt. Col. Neil Baxley said. Nothing was found in or around the car that provided new information on the case, the Sheriff's Office said. The car was found at 3 a.m. after a search of every parking lot on the island. The car was impounded and searched throroughly, the Sheriff's Office said.

A dive team was scheduled to search Harbour Town Yacht Basin this morning, but the effort was rescheduled for Saturday due to the weather, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said.

The Calverts were last seen Monday night and were reported missing when they didn't show up for business obligations Tuesday morning. John Calvert, 47, owns the company that manages the yacht basin and Harbour Town Resorts, which has 125 rental properties. Elizabeth Calvert, 45, is a Savannah business attorney at HunterMaclean, the state's largest law firm outside Atlanta. The couple live part of the time in Atlanta and part-time on a boat, Yellow Jacket, docked in Harbour Town.

Authorities say they're still not able to say a crime has occurred with the disappearance.

Additional Coverage:

Beaufort Gazette
Hilton Head Island Packet

Cedar’s personal note:

I answered my cell phone on Thursday night, calling was a polite reporter with the Island Packet. The line of questioning was not surprising, he wanted to know if I could think of any odd or strange business dealings the Calvert's might have had. The thinking behind this at least by someone doesn't know John or Liz is understandable, but as far as I'm concerned it is also going in the wrong direction.

I'm quoted in the Friday addition of the Island Packet as follows:

Cedar Posts, who runs a charter yacht called that passes through Harbour Town a few times per year, said John Calvert was always there to offer a hand.

"He's like the world's nicest guy," Cedar Posts said. "He'd always stop somewhere to help somebody."

As I explained to the reporter, I only know John from a business relationship around the marina, but I regret my use of the word "like" besides my valley speak error, John is not "like" he "is" the world's nicest person.

I’m surprised that the Charleston Post and Courier has not picked up this story. I’ve known John for several years and he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, the kind of person who has never met a stranger. Like most boaters John's always ready to help anyone who asks.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of John and Liz Calvert please contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office at 843) 842-4111 or call 911.

John Calvert is 47 and 5 feet 6 inches tall with blue eyes and grey hair. Liz Calvert 45 and is 5 feet 4 inches tall with brown eyes and brown hair possibly last driving their silver 2006 Mercedes E320 with Georgia tag GT821B.


Mark said...

Chris, You are absolutely right about John and Liz. They are wonderful people.

There will be a candlelight vigil at the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Please share with your friends that those who would like to attend may do so.

Crazy Lady Talking said...

Chris, thank you for these excellent posts on Liz and John. You are right, they are very kind people and this is so out of character that we can't help but believe something much bigger is behind this. I think it is important for all friends of the Calverts to keep their name out there so hopefully we locate them.

Crazy Lady Talking said...

Chris, thank you for these excellent posts on Liz and John. You are right, they are very kind people and this is so out of character that we can't help but believe something much bigger is behind this. I think it is important for all friends of the Calverts to keep their name out there so hopefully we locate them.

Anonymous said...


Watch the WTOC VIDEO and then watch the Island packet VIDEO. The part about Dennis Gerwing's Attorney's was cut-out of the middle of the Island Packet VIDEO, i.e. the part about who is or was Gerwing's Attorneys, i.e. Criminal Defense Attorney Cory Fleming...hint!....hint!

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office - Hilton Head Island, SC

UPDATE: BCSO News Conference on John and Elizabeth Calvert’s Disappearance


Video: Watch today's press conference with Sheriff Tanner


Anonymous said...


"Authorities are treating it as a self-inflicted death"?

"His body had a gash across his inner thigh, according to the Sheriff's Office, and multiple knife wounds to the chest, a source told The State.

"Authorities are treating it as a self-inflicted death, though they acknowledge the circumstances of the apparent suicide are odd, The State reported".


a self-inflicted death? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

...OMG! Someone please help us!


Anonymous said...

"Sheriff Tanner tells reporters that Dennis Gerwing slashed his own inner thigh but leaves out that he was also stabbed in the chest several times. Learning early Thursday from Sheriff P.J. Tanner that Mr. Gerwing had killed himself by simply slashing his inner thigh with a knife, a process that that many describe as painful and agonizingly slow".

"But late Thursday it became known that Mr. Gerwing had “multiple” stab wounds as well as a gash on his inner thigh. Makes you wonder why the Beaufort County Sheriff was “spinning” the story and twisting the facts in the first place"

"But did Dennis Gerwing bring this tragic chain of events to the otherwise quiet Hilton Head Island Community all by himself or were there others involved? Was he capable of killing the Calverts, disposing their bodies, hiding the evidence and then stabbing himself to death? Why would he admit to theft but not admit to the greater crime. Why not add a statement as to the whereabouts of the Calverts?"

What other fact(s) and circumstances is Sheriff Tanner of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office covering up?

BTW, where is the FBI? Is the best we can do is the SCDNR?

What a farce?