March 27, 2013

Body found offshore of Key Largo is that of missing boater

A body found by the U.S. Coast Guard offshore of Key Largo Monday afternoon is that of missing boater Mark Polaschek. His identity was confirmed this morning by the medical examiner’s office, using dental records.

The 49 year old Davenport, Iowa man went missing on March 22nd after going out on a solo boat trip on his sailboat. He, his wife and his child were in the Keys on vacation, staying in Key Largo. His boat was found on March 23rd offshore of the 113 mile marker of the highway, on the gulf side.

It is unclear what happened to Polaschek, however detectives say they found no obvious signs of foul play on board the vessel.

Detectives and the medical examiner continue to investigate in an attempt to determine the cause of his death. The Sheriff’s Office is working on the case cooperatively with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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