June 27, 2014

Missing man’s body recovered

A missing Marathon man’s body has been recovered from the water near Pigeon Key this morning.

Detectives say 70 year old Jim Pierce left a note at his residence which was found by his girlfriend Wednesday night. The note indicated he planned to go to the Old Seven Mile Bridge to commit suicide. At about the same time as she called the Sheriff’s Office to report finding the note, someone called from the bridge to report finding a pair of shoes and a loaded revolver on the bridge.

This morning at 8 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call from someone on the bridge who’d spotted a body floating near Pigeon Key between the old and new Seven Mile Bridges. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded and recovered the body and brought it to the U.S. Coast Guard station in Marathon.

Sheriff’s detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded to meet with  a representative from the Medical Examiner’s Office at the Coast Guard Station. They were able to confirm that the body was, indeed, Pierce’s body.

Initial examination of the body indicates injuries which would be consistent with a self inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy will be done to confirm the cause of his death.

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