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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-CIA Director Colby Missing

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director William Colby, who long dominated the murky netherworld of U.S. spying, was missing Monday after his canoe was found capsized near his home in southern Maryland.


Colby, 76, an avid outdoorsman who championed a strong U.S. spy capability, disappeared Sunday while boating near his home near Charles County's Neale Sound, south of Washington, officials said.


The Coast Guard said a search-and-rescue operation, suspended after nightfall Sunday, resumed shortly after daybreak with a Maryland state police helicopter and two Maryland natural resources police boats searching the Potomac River and its Wicomico tributary.


A Coast Guard helicopter and at least one Coast Guard craft were to join the search, said Petty Officer Joe Dye, a Coast Guard spokesman in Portsmouth, Virginia.


A neighbor reported that a passing pleasure boater had found a green canoe used by Colby overturned at about noon Sunday approximately 100 meters from Colby's dock, Coast Guard officials said.


Dye said he was unaware of any indication of foul play involving Colby, an ardent Cold Warrior who later became a staunch advocate of arms control.


Citing information passed on by a neighbor, he said Colby apparently had not planned to be gone for long. He said food had been left on Colby's dinner table. Colby's wife, Sally Shelton, assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, could not be reached.


Colby headed the Central Intelligence Agency from September 1973 to January 1976 under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Earlier, he was chief of the CIA's Far East Division from 1963 to 1968.


His latest venture was the creation of a simulated espionage computer game with a former rival from the ex-Soviet Union's KGB, Oleg Kalugin.