Martin County Sheriff: Body found in lagoon last week is 20-year-old James Bamper

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - The Martin County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the body found in a lagoon last week is 20-year-old James Bamper. James' father Kevin Bamper is still missing.

The Bampers were reported missing by family members when they didn't return from a fishing trip on Wednesday night July 16th. Witnesses saw abandoned fishing gear around 5:30 the next morning. 

Investigators believe they were fishing at the north jetty near Sailfish Point when something went wrong.

Sheriff William Snyder says the rocks at the jetty can be extremely slippery, and it's likely that the Bampers may have fallen from the jetty and into the ocean.

Investigators believe the current could have taken the bodies to the Indian River Lagoon. James Bamper's body was discovered there last week. Authorities continue to look for Kevin Bamper's body.

 


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