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Missing 76-year-old man found dead offshore near Emerson Point Preserve

According to the sheriff's office, a boater spotted the man's body Monday morning.

PARRISH, Fla. — A missing 76-year-old man was found dead Monday morning after crews searched for him, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

In an update Monday, deputies say Donald Arendt is no longer missing after his body was spotted by a boater just offshore near Emerson Point.

Detectives are conducting a death investigation, and it's unknown as of now how he ended up in the water or what caused his death.

The sheriff's office initially started their search when Arendt, who was reportedly diagnosed with late-stage Alzheimer's, was last seen leaving his home on 46th Court East in Parrish riding his dark-colored electric bike at about 11 a.m. Sunday, deputies say. 

Multiple agencies, deputies and community members spread out to search for the man from Parrish to Snead Island after receiving tips. No one was able to find Arendt — until now.

"Thank you to everyone who shared his information and assisted with in some way," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Prayers for his family and friends."

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