Dead body found near Egmont Key

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported the body of a white male in his 60s was found near Egmont Key. The state could not confirm the exact whereabouts or his identity as of Islander press time.

The body was reported found Dec. 3, according to FWC Officer James Boogaerts.

The FWC is investigating, Boogaerts wrote in a Dec. 4 email. He said the release of the man’s identity was pending notification of next of kin.

Also, the cause of death was pending a medical examiner’s report, according to Boogaerts.

Egmont Key was the destination of missing boater Fraser Horne. The area was included in a mid-November U.S. Coast Guard search for Horne, 63, of Calgary, Canada, also a winter resident of Cortez.

Horne’s wife reported him missing Nov. 17 after he and his dog, Toula, did not return in time.

A good Samaritan found Toula the next day at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.

Coast Guard crews found Horne’s 30-foot boat idling in shallow water near Point Mead, with his wallet, keys and shoes aboard the boat.

— Kathy Prucnell

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