Update: Missing boater identified after his body was found in Lake Weir

Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 10:31 AM EDT
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OCKLAWAHA, Fla. (WCJB) - After days of searching Lake Weir, the body of a boater who went missing leaving behind three children was found Thursday morning.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as Joseph Evan Cruz, 32. Deputies say he disappeared under the water while boating on Lake Weir with his child and his partner’s two children.

The sheriff’s office marine, dive, and air units searched the lake for the man. At 6:00 a.m. Thursday, crews resumed the search, finding the body shortly after. He was not wearing a life jacket.

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Major Crimes detectives are investigating the cause of death.

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