S. Jersey cops: Missing boater may have faked death

Posted: August 03, 2014

IT SOUNDS LIKE a screenplay: Noted powerboat racer fakes his death in a watery wreck to avoid the cops closing in on his trail.

But, according to Egg Harbor Township police, there's a chance that's exactly what happened to Andrew Biddle.

Investigators are now considering the possibility that Biddle, 45, staged a boating accident to avoid prosecution on theft charges, Detective Captain Christopher Ruef said.

Biddle has been missing since July 20, when a boat he was allegedly riding in crashed after striking a buoy in the waters off Longport's southern shore.

A joint task force of Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police investigators ended their search a day later after finding no sign of Biddle. A survivor, a male passenger, was being interviewed by police, officials said at the time.

The Press of Atlantic City reported yesterday that Biddle and his employer, Professional Boat Sales, had been indicted after agreeing to facilitate the sales of boats and other equipment and not providing their owners with proceeds from the sales.

Biddle is a minor celebrity on the powerboat-racing circuit - he won the 2013 P1 SuperStock Championship on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a bio posted on the championship series' website.

- Staff writer Jason Nark

contributed to this report.

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