Diver reported missing; found dead

The body of a diver who was reported missing was found offshore of Marathon.

The man wass identified as 65 year old Manuel Duran. Duran lived on a boat anchored just off shore, near where his body was found.

The 65 year old man was last seen by family members Saturday, when he left to go fishing and diving. His niece called the Sheriff’s Office Monday at 11 a.m. to report him missing. She said he was possibly diving at the north end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

A search was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Coast Guard.  His body was recovered just before 2 p.m. floating about 100 yards from the Seven Mile Marina in Marathon.

Detectives are still working on the case.

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