Massapequa, NY - The wife of a Long Island swimmer reported missing and who later turned up in South Carolina is expected to address the media Friday about the bizarre turn of events. The NY Post reports Raymond Roth, 47, of Massapequa staged his drowning to claim life insurance.
Roth was reported missing in the waters off Jones Beach several days ago, was pulled over for speeding in South Carolina Thursday, a day after his brother said he was in Florida, according to the New York State Park Police.
"He's not drowned and dead," New York State Park Police Capt. Bruce Marx said at an afternoon press briefing Thursday.
Police and the Coast Guard had been conducting an air and sea search for Raymond Roth of Massapequa since Saturday afternoon.
His family told authorities they last saw him swim out and then lost sight of him.
On Wednesday, his brother called detectives to say Roth, 47, was in Florida, said police.
Roth was speeding along I-95 northbound in Santee, South Carolina at about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday when he was pulled over and allowed to proceed north.
Marx says Roth was later seen in Florida.
It is not clear what happened on Saturday when Roth disappeared and whether criminal charges will be filed. A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice declined to comment.