Police identify body found in river

By Scott Johnson, General assignment reporter, sjohnson@wjxt.com
News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Apr 10 2014 06:33:40 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2014 11:40:00 PM EDT

VIDEO: A body has been pulled from the St. Johns River near Mayport and police are trying to identify it and determine if it's the man who fell of the dock in Sister's Creek last weekend and never resurfaced.

MAYPORT, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has identify the body that was found Thursday night in the St. Johns River near Mayport as that of a 53-year-old man who fell off a dock last Saturday.

Police told Channel 4 Thursday that a boater found Bryan Roberts' body and called police.

"This afternoon a boater in the river observed what he thought was a body in the river," said Sgt. Craig Waldrup. "(He) went to (the) Coast Guard station, they notified us, and (we) went and recovered the body in the river."

Investigators said no fould play is suspected in Roberts' death. They said Roberts fell into the water across the river last weekend by Sister's Creek.

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"Hadn't hear anything about it but it was a matter of time. Real nice guy, haven't heard anything bad about him," said Ben Davis.

Davis is the park manager at River Front RV Park. Davis told Channel 4 that the man's family had been out looking by the river every day hoping to find him.

The Medical Examiner identified the body.

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