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Body on beach identified as missing firefighter

Authorities have positively identified a body found last week in Charlotte County as that of Kenny Auletta, a Lealman firefighter-paramedic who disappeared while diving Feb. 21. Auletta, 26, was diving with other off-duty firefighters in the Gulf of Mexico about 6 miles off Clearwater Pass.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Pinellas Sheriff's Office and local fire departments searched for Auletta, but could not find him. A man walking on a beach in Charlotte County on March 8 found a body with diving equipment. Though authorities believed it was Auletta, dental records were needed to make a positive identification. That was made Thursday, said Sgt. Greg Tita, spokesman for the Pinellas Sheriff's Office.

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