Stockton, Calif. barge owner’s boat has gone missing

Stockton — The owner of a barge that was damaged by an earthquake in the Bay Area has said he is working with officials in San Francisco to recover the boat, which was reported missing Saturday.

It is unclear whether the vessel is still missing, although the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement Monday that it had found the barge at a fishing spot about 20 miles west of Stockton and that a search was ongoing.

The vessel is a 30-foot, 15-foot-long steel barge with four diesel engines.

The barge is owned by B&T Construction, and its owner has been listed as a company registered to B&C Construction Inc., which is located in Stockton.

The owner, John F. DeWalt Jr., has not been charged with any crime.

DeWayne DeWatls, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, said Monday that authorities were investigating whether the boat was involved in an accident or the shipwrecked after a collision.

He said the department did not have any details on the cause of the accident.

The city has set up a Facebook page to share information on missing ships.