Officials suspend search for missing Sarasota family

Ace Kimberly, 45, and his three kids, 13-year-old Roger, 15-year-old Donny and 17-year-old Rebecca are missing. Family photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on the search for a Florida family last seen in a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local):
1:40 p.m.

The Coast Guard says the search for a family that disappeared off of the Florida coast has been suspended.

Ace Kimberly and his three teenagers disappeared Sunday after departing Sarasota for Fort Myers in a 29-foot sailboat. They were last seen on a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Case said at a news conference that the search for the family has been suspended. He identified two bodies found as Ace Kimberly and his daughter Rebecca. His two teenage sons remain missing.

Oceanographers tell The Palm Beach Post that the gulf’s looping currents may be helping the search.

University of South Florida Professor Mark Luther says debris doesn’t travel far in gulf waters, whereas anything caught in the Gulf Stream off Florida’s Atlantic coast can be carried up to 150 miles a day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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