Body of missing kayaker found, Coast Guard says

Justin Furman, 29, had no cellphone, life jacket

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard said it found the body of a missing kayaker whose empty craft was last seen Saturday morning off southwest Florida.

Coast Guard officials were alerted by local deputies Saturday morning that Justin Furman, 29, disappeared after camping at Punta Rassa with a group of friends. He left the group Friday night to kayak and fish along the beach.

Friends said he didn't have a life jacket, cellphone or emergency equipment in the kayak.

The News-Press reported Furman's kayak was found empty Saturday morning.

No other details were immediately released.


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