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Body located in debris field identified

The Coast Guard identified the body found by a Coast Guard helicopter crew near a large debris field Sunday in the Atlantic Ocean about 22 miles east of the entrance to Florida’s St. Johns River.

Dead is: Guillermo Gonzalez Losada, 49, hometown unknown.

Losada had a Venezuelan passport and his last known residence was in Miami.

“The Coast Guard sends its prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Losada,” said Sector Jacksonville Commander, Capt. Tom Allan. “We are now seeking any information which may shed light on the many unknowns surrounding this case.”

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aircrew reported the debris, including two large pieces of a vessel; 10 life jackets; flares; and an oil sheen, about 6 p.m.

Anyone with information about the debris field or Losada’s voyage is urged to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at (904) 564-7511.

Click here for the official Coast Guard announcement and click here for a report by The Florida Times-Union.