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‘Missing’ SEAL veteran is OK, police say

Johnathan Surmont

SAN DIEGO – Former Navy SEAL Johnathan Steven Surmont, reported earlier this week to be missing from his Chollas Lake Park area residence and at-risk, is no longer considered missing Friday, police said.

Someone contacted the San Diego Police Department Thursday and reported having recently been with Surmont in Los Angeles, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“The SDPD Missing Persons Unit was able to confirm the information and are no longer attempting to locate Surmont,” SDPD Lt. Todd Griffin told the newspaper.

Earlier this week, police said Surmont, 45, was last seen Aug. 27 at his San Diego residence and last heard from Aug. 31 when he called to tell his ex- wife he was in a “rough place” in Los Angeles. His vehicle was found Sept. 3 in La Jolla, not far from where his wallet was discovered a few days prior.

But despite police calling off the search for Surmont, his friend Ron Lee, who is caring for Surmont’s dogs after retrieving them from a county shelter, said friends and family have still not heard from the missing veteran.

“We have not received any information at all that confirms John Surmont is fine, regardless of what San Diego police have said,” Lee wrote on Facebook. “John has not contacted anyone in his family or circle of friends or military brothers. Not one person. That does not sound fine to me.”

Surmont was a Navy SEAL for 15 years and worked as a sniper, communicator and unmanned systems expert, according to a video of him posted online. He also suffered from PTSD, chronic pain and a traumatic brain injury.