Body of Indiana man who went to collect shells found after being reported missing

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DESTIN, FL – A man who was reported missing earlier today was found dead in the water near Marler Bridge.

A visitor from Indiana who said he was going to swim to the beach from Crab Island near Destin was later found floating in the water by boaters.

The 46-year old man and others rented a pontoon boat at 9 a.m. and anchored at Crab Island about twenty minutes later. They said around 9:40 a.m., the man told them he was going to swim to the beach to collect shells. When he didn’t return, they began searching and then contacted the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to report him missing.

A short time later boaters found the individual deceased in the water south of Destin’s Marler Bridge.