TAMPA, Fla. -- Amid the search for a missing fisherman, authorities say they have identified a body discovered in the water.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials confirm a canoe found earlier Sunday, Jan. 14, south of Rocky Point is similar in appearance to the one 35-year-old Joshua Ford took out to Old Tampa Bay.

The body has been identified as 35-year-old Joshua Ford from Pinellas Park.

It's been more than a day since Ford left Ben T. Davis Beach around 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, for a fishing trip. He was planning to fish between the Courtney Campbell Causeway and Howard Frankland Bridge.

Ford planned to return by 5 p.m.

Interview: Body found amid search for missing fisherman in Old Tampa Bay

He was last seen wearing a baby blue flannel long-sleeve shirt, gray shorts, and dark brown work boots. The canoe is standard in length at about 14 feet, orange in color and has a small battery-powered trolling motor attached.


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, EC Search and Rescue and Tampa Police Marine Patrol assisted with the search.

The investigation is ongoing.

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