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Missing boater's body found in Lake Shipp

May 3, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

WINTER HAVEN (AP) - The body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Shipp near Winter Haven.

Authorities found David Michael Eldridge's body near the middle of the lake about Monday night. The 48-year-old Lakeland man had been reported missing Sunday night.

An autopsy will be performed.

Winter Haven police say Eldridge went boating with friends Sunday afternoon.

Friends say Eldridge's boat was behind two other boats as the group traveled through a canal from Lake May to Lake Shipp. The friends called police after they made it to a boat ramp but Eldridge never arrived.

Divers from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for the missing man.



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