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Tampa police believe body found in bay is missing swimmer

Authorities found Sunday morning the body of who investigators believe is the Robert A. Lucas, who  went missing over the weekend after taking a dip in the bay off Cypress Point Park. According to Tampa police, officers from the agency's marine patrol spotted Lucas, 36, about 9:40 a.m. roughly 50 feet from where he was last seen by friends and family members Saturday afternoon. [Courtesy of Tampa Police Department]

Authorities found Sunday morning the body of who investigators believe is the Robert A. Lucas, who went missing over the weekend after taking a dip in the bay off Cypress Point Park. According to Tampa police, officers from the agency's marine patrol spotted Lucas, 36, about 9:40 a.m. roughly 50 feet from where he was last seen by friends and family members Saturday afternoon. [Courtesy of Tampa Police Department]

TAMPA — Authorities found Sunday morning the body of a man believed to be Robert A. Lucas, 36, the swimmer who went missing over the weekend after taking a dip in the bay off Cypress Point Park.

According to Tampa police, officers from the agency's marine patrol spotted a body about 9:40 a.m. roughly 50 feet from where Lucas was last seen by friends and family members Saturday afternoon.

Crews from the police department, Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for him all afternoon and into the night. The search resumed Sunday morning.

Officers found the body in about 10 feet of water, according to police. Investigators are working with the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner to confirm the identity and determine a cause of death, though it appears that he drowned, police said.

Tampa police believe body found in bay is missing swimmer 07/02/17 [Last modified: Sunday, July 2, 2017 7:58pm]
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