RIVERVIEW — Authorities have identified the body found inside a sport utility vehicle that sank to the bottom of the Alafia River in June.
They said it is David Lawrence Hughes, 49, who was reported missing June 30 — the same day Hughes reportedly lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the river.
As Hughes drove north on Interstate 75 around 3 a.m., he ended up on the outside shoulder of the Alafia River Bridge, drove over the barrier wall and plummeted into the water, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Boaters in the area discovered his blue 2000 Ford Explorer on Tuesday. Investigators found his remains inside the submerged car.
The cause of death was not immediately determined.