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Published on May 15, 2024
Unidentified Male Body Recovered by Coast Guard Offshore Near Fort Pierce Inlet in FloridaSource: Facebook/St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, recovered a male body offshore near Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. Found 16 miles northeast of the inlet on Monday afternoon, the man's identity remains a mystery as he does not match any missing person reports from the area.

While the body is believed not to be that of 39-year-old Virgil Price, who went missing while free diving near Halsey Shipwreck, efforts to identify the deceased man are ongoing. "There are no missing persons out of St. Lucie County matching the individual and the body does not appear to have been in the water for an extended period," the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office noted in a statement obtained by WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm.

According to a CBS12 report, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office described the man as being over 50 years old, and weighing around 200 to 225 pounds, which does not correspond with Price's last known appearance.

As investigation deepens, the county's officials are working with the medical examiner to establish the cause and the approximate time of death for the individual. Meanwhile, the search for Virgil Price has been suspended after the Coast Guard's extensive efforts covering more than 1,415 miles over 36 hours yielded no results. “The decision to suspend an active search is never taken lightly. We extend our sincerest condolences to Mr. Price’s family,” LCDR John Beal told CBS12.

While the coastal region grapples with these concurrent tragedies, community members await answers with heavy hearts. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both individuals involved in these investigations," shared the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on their Facebook page, as reported by CBS12. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the body recovery and the continued absence of Price casts a somber shadow over the Treasure Coast.

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