September 19, 2012

Man found offshore of Ballast Key is identified

Key West – Sheriff’s detectives have identified the man whose body was found floating just offshore of Ballast Key September 3rd.

The man has been identified as 28 year old Erik Jenkinson of Arlington, Massachusetts. Detectives matched fingerprints taken from the body with fingerprints from arrest records from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

On August 31st, Sgt. Tom Walker took a report of a pickup truck which was found burned on Calle Dos, on Rockland Key. The truck appeared to have crashed into a wooded area and the fire had destroyed all identifying markers, including the vehicle identification number on the dash and on the driver’s side door.

The truck was towed by Alex’s Towing. The two company located a partially burned piece of the truck’s registration and sent a letter to the address on the paperwork. When Jenkinson’s family got the letter, they called the Sheriff’s Office to find out more information.

The family said their son had been missing for a few weeks; they said he has a medical condition and would sometimes take long trips, but he was supposed to be in Massachusetts for a family activity and had not shown up.

They described their son to Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo, who noted many similarities with the body that had been found. The family told Detective Cuervo their son did have an arrest record, and had been fingerprinted.

The fingerprint comparison confirmed the identification of Jenkinson.

Detective Cuervo says he would still like to find out how Jenkinson wound up in the water and will continue to investigate the case. He said the autopsy showed no signs of foul play, but he would like to know what happened to Jenkinson in the hours and days before his death.

Anyone with any information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2351. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at

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