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Police: Body of missing woman recovered off shore of Longboat Key

Police say the woman went swimming off South Lido Beach with a friend but never returned to shore.

SARASOTA, Fla. — The body of a missing 24-year-old woman was recovered just before 9 p.m. Sunday off of Longboat Key, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

Everliz Valentina Vega Medina went swimming with a friend between 7:30-8 p.m. Saturday in the water off South Lido Beach. Police say the friend made it back to shore, but the Everliz did not. Her body has now been found, the agency reports.

Marine and dive teams from the police department, Sarasota County Emergency Services, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission and U.S. Coast Guard searched non-stop after being called just after 10 p.m. Saturday. Around 7 p.m. Sunday, teams suspended the search for the night with plans to resume Monday morning.

"Please keep Everliz’s family in your thoughts and prayers," the agency wrote in a media alert.

Investigators say they have no reason to believe foul play is involved. The investigation is ongoing.

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