Search for Missing Father and Son Planning Sailing Trip

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is seeking the public’s assistance in an active missing persons investigation.

In June of 2018, 68-year-old Gerald “Storm” Talifero and his son, 14-year-old Adagio “Dag” Talifero, presumably set sail from the area of Goleta, CA to Hawaii. It is believed Gerald and Adagio were possibly going to make a stop in San Diego, CA before heading to Hawaii. The sailing trip to Hawaii was only meant to last a few weeks and was meant to be one-way, since the pair had airline tickets to return to California at the beginning of September. Neither Gerald nor Adagio showed up for their return flights, nor does it appear the flights were ever rescheduled.


While the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for the missing persons investigation due to Ger ald and Adagio’s last known location (Goleta Beach), the pair were effectively travelers, with no one place they called home. Most recently, they were known to be staying in Camptonville, CA on a friend’s farm, before making several back and forth trips to Santa Barbara (CA), Ojai (CA) and Arizona.

The boat the duo was sailing is believed either to be a friend’s boat, or a boat Gerald was contracted to sail on behalf of the owner. Speculation among those who were close to Gerald is the boat originated from either Washington State, or California’s Bay Area. At the time of this press release, no information is available regarding the boat’s owner, the name of the vessel, or the CF registration numbers.

Anyone with information regarding Gerald and Adagio’s whereabouts, or any information related to the boat or its owner is asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at (805) 681-4150, or Detective Travis Henders on at [email protected].

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tagdes Sep 14, 2018 12:38 PM
Search for Missing Father and Son Planning Sailing Trip

First of all the boat is not from here, it's from Washington State or the Bay area with no need what so ever to take it out of the water. Secondly they were going to San Diego so they wouldn't need a lot of supplies from here. Thirdly there is a pier at Goleta Beach so since any sail boat going to Hawaii would have a dingy they could easily tie it or take it out of the water with the hoist on the pier. If they wanted to keep it on the down low or avoid the hassle of the SB harbor Goleta would certainly fit the bill. Reading the article before asking often negates the need to ask.

EastBeach Sep 12, 2018 06:56 PM
Search for Missing Father and Son Planning Sailing Trip

^^^ The article does not state when they were reported missing. But the timing of the Sheriff's announcement might be related to the two not showing up for their September return flight. Hope they're found soon.

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