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Clearwater police identify body found off Sand Key

Clearwater police have identified the body who was pulled from the Gulf about two miles off Clearwater Beach this morning, police said.

Daniel James Austin, 59, of Clearwater, was found by a boater, who called authorities around 10:45 a.m., police said.

Austin’s body, which was clad in swimming trunks, had become snagged on the rope of a crab trap when the boater noticed it.

Austin had been reported missing Monday afternoon by a family member after he failed to show up for work. He was last heard from on Sunday.

His belongings were found on the north part of Clearwater Beach.

The County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

The investigation is continuing.

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