After having 'bad feeling', family believes story of how Jamey Mosch went missing

Officials are searching for Jamey Mosch in an area near a lake southeast of the Bear Island campground, pictured in the upper righthand corner of this National Park Service map of Big Cypress National Preserve. The campground is off of Turner River Road (County Road 839), and north of the Alligator Alley section of Interstate 75 in eastern Collier County.

Officials are searching for Jamey Mosch in an area near a lake southeast of the Bear Island campground, pictured in the upper righthand corner of this National Park Service map of Big Cypress National Preserve. The campground is off of Turner River Road (County Road 839), and north of the Alligator Alley section of Interstate 75 in eastern Collier County.

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— Despite his being missing for nearly three days in the Everglades, friends and relatives of 30-year-old Jamey Mosch were optimistic Wednesday night that he is alive and will be rescued.

At the same time, authorities say they’ve found nothing so far that makes them believe that they have anything other than a lost hunter on their hands.

Mosch was reported missing Monday night by a group of hunters he barely knew, who said Mosch went out to hunt alone and never returned. The 911 caller described Mosch as “Mr. Know It All.”

Those hunters have remained at the camp all week, and have assisted with the search.

“At this point, we have no evidence of any criminal wrong-doing,” said Bob DeGross, spokesman for the Big Cypress National Preserve, where Mosch is believed to be lost. “We have no reason to believe the story is untrue.

“Our focus is to continue to be a search and rescue operation for a lost hunter.”

Mosch’s mother, Maureen Mosch-Whitney of North Fort Myers, said Wednesday that her son had just met his hunting buddies while he was filling out a job application at a store.

“They got started talking, said they have a camp in the Everglades,” she said.

Mosch ended up getting a hunting license and buying gear that day, his mother said. His girlfriend had just “broke his heart,” she said, so going hunting was “sort of a good thing for him.” She said that on Sunday her husband drove Mosch down to the campsite, more than two hours from their home.

It all happened in a day, she said.

“I had a really bad feeling,” Mosch-Whitney said. “I kept texting him and texting him and texting him the next day. Of course I didn’t get anything back.”

Mosch’s twin sister, Julie Crawford, and older sister, Tonia Driscoll, 33, who were at the campsite off of Turner River Road on Wednesday, said they wanted to clear up any confusion that their family was suspicious of the hunting group. They were concerned about the whole situation.

After meeting the hunters, Mosch’s sisters said they have no doubts about their intentions.

“They’re very supportive,” Driscoll said. “They’re very helpful. They haven’t left.”

Crawford and Driscoll said they are optimistic that their brother, who is an avid hunter, is alive.

“We thought, honestly, that he would have been found by now,” Driscoll said.

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