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Mystery surrounds death of boater found in Cuba

The mystery surrounding a missing Key West boater found dead near his boat on a Cuban beach last week is widening, as one Keys detective says he's struggling to get answers from federal officials.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Detective Manny Cuervo in Florida has been investigating the disappearance of 40-year-old Jay Wesley Rydberg since he vanished May 14 at sea aboard his 39-foot trimaran, 3/4 Time, according to a report on

Rydberg was originally from Fairbanks, Alaska.

Rydberg's sister, Jill Lesseig of Fairbanks, said her brother sailed from Key West to Fort Myers and was supposed to be on the return trip to the Keys. She told authorities he called her the morning of May 13 and sounded calm and relaxed, according to

The Coast Guard said it received a distress alert just after 4 a.m. on May 14 from an EPIRB registered to 3/4 Time.

The beacon went off in 3-foot seas and 20-knot winds, with no storms reported in the area, according to the Coast Guard, which leads to the question of whether it intentionally triggered?

"That's the million-dollar question right now we're all trying to figure out," Cuervo said.

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