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Miami nightclub owner, woman arrested in May boating death

Lauren Lamar, 26, found floating near Matheson Hammock Park last month

From left: Russell Bruce and Alicia Bartolotta
From left: Russell Bruce and Alicia Bartolotta

MIAMI – Two people are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a woman who was found floating in the water last month near Matheson Hammock Park.

Miami nightclub owner Russell Bruce, 45, and Alicia Bartolotta, 28, reported Lauren Lamar, 26, missing after the boat on which they were traveling returned from Stiltsville, a cluster of homes on pilings in Biscayne Bay, to Matheson Hammock Park.

Bruce turned himself in Friday morning and Bartolotto, who lives in Osceola County, was arrested Thursday. The Miami Herald reports that Bartolotto left jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

Lamar's body was found floating face-down in the water on May 25.

According to police, Bruce and Bartolotta claimed that they thought Lamar was sleeping below deck while they were on the boat the night before.

"I don't know if I've ever heard of someone falling off the boat, especially when there's only three people on board, and the two people that are left on board not realize that that happened," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Jorge Pino said.

Bruce and his partner own the nightclub Steam and a speakeasy called Railroad Blues.

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