Body Recovered from the Water Near Egmont Key

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Body Recovered from the Water Near Egmont Key

Updated: December 5

Crews from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue recovered a body located near the shipping channel just west of Egmont Key.

Fire rescue units were dispatched after a body was located by a vessel at about 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

St. Pete Fire-Rescue’s Fire Boat 11 arrived on-scene with the vessel that located the body.

Crews awaited the arrival of officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).  This incident is currently being investigated by FWC.

The body located within the area of Egmont Key on December 3, 2017 has been positively identified and is the subject of a missing person case out of Manatee County, Florida.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is now the lead in the investigation regarding this individual.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says the recovered body is NOT that of 64-year-old, Fraser Horne, the reported missing boater on November 17, 2017 near Egmont Key. The FWC continues its efforts in the recovery of this missing boater.

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Previous information

It is currently unknown if this is related the November 18th incident when a boater went missing in the same general vicinity.

63 year-old Fraser Horne of Cortez, went missing on Friday, November 18, 2017.  Multiple agencies searched for Mr. Horne without results.  His boat was found in idle and the family dog was missing.  The dog was eventually located safely on an island.  It is believed that Mr. Horne jumped in the water after the family dog fell overboard.  Due to strong currents, it is possible he was unable to get back to the boat.

The search was suspended after multiple agencies searched a 3,200 square-mile area without locating Mr. Horne.

The investigation continues.

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