Authorities trying to identify body of man found near Egmont Key

EGMONT KEY 01 8/20/10 -- An aerial view of Egmont Key looking to the south. Staff photo by PAUL LAMISON

EGMONT KEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities are trying to identify a body that was found Sunday near Egmont Key.

A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that a good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard at 7:30 a.m. after discovering the body of a deceased white man who appeared to be in his 60s.

The Coast Guard then contacted the FWC who responded to the location at 8:15 a.m.

Details have not been released about the exact location where the body was found.

FWC officers are working to identify the body.

The FWC said an active investigation is underway and officers are searching for a boater who disappeared on Nov. 17 from the area where the body was found.

WFLA News Channel 8 reported in November that a boater went missing after leaving Egmont Key.

Fraser Horne, 63, and his golden retriever, Toula, were reported missing by Horne’s wife, who said her husband had not returned home after leaving from Egmont Key. Crews found his 30-foot boat “Golden Rush” about five miles northwest of Bradenton off Mead Point. The boat’s engines were still on and the boat was in neutral. Crews found a wallet, keys and shoes inside. A good Samaritan found Toula alive at Fort De Soto Park.

Egmont Key is primarily a wildlife refuge that is accessible only by boat. It is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.

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