Body of Missing 78 Year Old Boater Found

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – The body of a 78-year-old man who was reported missing from his vessel Tuesday, in the Crystal River Barge Canal near Crystal River, Fla., was located by a Good Samaritan at about 7:45 p.m. today two miles north of the mouth of Crystal River.

Walter Paris, of Dunnellon, Fla., launched his vessel at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday and was last heard from about an hour later.

Search and rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Coast Guard Auxiliary Air, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for three-days.

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