Body of missing Tampa Bay kayaker recovered

Body of local kayaker found in Gibsonton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The body of a missing kayaker has been recovered in Tampa Bay.

A team with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission located the body of Jeffrey Mark Fancher in the area of Bullfrog Creek and Kracker Avenue, according to a news release.

It's located just offshore of Gibsonton, Florida.

Fancher, a 44-year-old Lithia resident, was reported missing just after noon Saturday, Oct. 7. A good Samaritan told watchstanders of a 9-foot lime green kayak adrift in Tampa Bay.

His wife, Sabrina, later reported her husband left in the kayak around 6 a.m. from Gibsonton and did not return home.

The Coast Guard launched a 29-foot response boat and a Jawhawk helicopter to help find the missing man, a release states. Crews from the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped in the search.

Investigators are looking into Fancher's death as a fatal boating accident.

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