Monroe County detectives struggle to identify bodies found after Hurricane Irma

Deputies need public's help to identify men who died in Florida Keys

By Janine Stanwood - Anchor/Reporter, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities in Monroe County needed the public's help to identify people who died during and after Hurricane Irma. 

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin said Saturday detectives had not identified three white men found in the Lower Keys.

"Difficulty with the communications network has hampered efforts to do computer and fingerprinting checks," Herrin said. "Limited manpower has also slowed the identification process."

Three of the men, who are likely in their 60s, have gray hair and a beard. Rescue personnel found one under rubble on 28th Street in Marathon, another was in a partially sunken boat offshore of Stock Island and another -- who was wearing a red life jacket -- was across from the Big Pine Key cemetery.

A 59-year-old man who was injured in a fall was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but he also has yet to be identified.

Dr. Michael Steckbauer, the medical examiner, was working with the major crimes unit to identify the three men in the Florida Keys. Deputies were asking anyone with information to e-mail  

Local 10 News' John Buckner contributed to this report.


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