Body found as Coast Guard continues search for missing family

Kimberly family
Kimberly family US Coastguard

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday afternoon that crews found a body as they combed the water's off Florida's Gulf Coast for a missing father and three teenage children.

Petty Officer Third Class Eric Goodall said Wednesday that the body as not yet been identified and has been handed over to local authorities.

Ace Kimberly, 45, and his children, Rebecca, 17, Donald, 15, and Roger, 13, left Sarasota Sunday to go to Fort Myers to take the boat in for repairs, but caught in the squalls.

On Wednesday, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Case said in a briefing from St. Petersburg that a propane tank, four water bottles tied together, a pair of tennis shoes, a tarpaulin and a basketball were found right in the search pattern, off the coast of Sanibel.

Later in the day a green sit-in kayak was found near where the other items were located. The kayak matched the description of a kayak known to be with the family, the Coast Guard said in a release.

Woodall said the search would continue overnight and into Thursday.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff