A body discovered off the coast of Florida has been identified as that of a missing 19-year-old swimmer.
Police identified a body taken from the waters off Jacksonville Beach, Florida, by a paddleboarder this week as a swimmer who had been missing since last Sunday, officials said Friday.
The body was identified as Curtis Newkirk Jr., 19, by the medical examiner, according to a press release issued to Fox News Digital.
Following an extensive search by law authorities, Newkirk was discovered about 100 yards from the coast Wednesday morning after 10 a.m.
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Curtis Newkirk, Jr.’s photograph over a snapshot of Jacksonville Beach (Curtis Newkirk Jr., who went missing while swimming near the Jacksonville Beach pier. (Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department/Diane Macdonald/Getty)
He was swimming with buddies south of the Jacksonville Beach pier when he went missing, according to reports.
Some of his pals were also in difficulties in the water, but everyone else made it to shore, according to TMJ-TV.
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Since last Saturday, the US Coast Guard and local law police have been searching for Newkirk by water and air.