Zara Beard, daughter of missing photographer Peter Beard, posted to Instagram late this afternoon. The East Hampton police have ended their search for her father. Whatever happened to him remains a mystery that will be solved if not now, soon enough. Sadly, Zara admits, “I am afraid that as every minute passes by so does the hope that he is able to survive.” Zara, we are all with you and your mother.
We are so thankful for the help of both local and state police, the DEC, homeland security, the coast guard, marine patrol, K-9 units, and all volunteers who have been working tirelessly trying to find my dad. At this point, past the 3 day mark, they have exhausted all of their resources and their search has been concluded. I know this is the most difficult time, amidst a pandemic, to ask for your help. It is a time when we need to stay at home for the good of everyone around us, but my father is out there somewhere, missing. He is strong but the nights have been cold and he has a heart condition and I am afraid that as every minute passes by so does the hope that he is able to survive. I am asking for all those who are healthy, and able bodied to please aid us in a socially responsible way, as we continue the search for my father. Please keep in mind out of respect for our healthcare workers and covid protocols to only go out responsibly and practice social distancing. I know he is out there, and with your help we can bring him home. Anyone who would like to join our rescue mission please text me at 917-586-0718. It is just in our hands now…He has been missing since March 31st, last seen around 4:45pm