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Woman's body removed from burned yacht in Florida Keys

Body believed to be of Linda Vella, 51, of St. Petersburg
burned yacht at dry dock after marina fire, July 27, 2023
Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 28, 2023

STOCK ISLAND, Fla. — A woman's body was removed from a burned yacht Friday at a Florida Keys marina.

Linda Vella, 51, of St. Petersburg, was on a yacht that burned at a Stock Island marina just after midnight Wednesday.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office investigators believe Vella was unable to escape the fire.

Stock Island yacht fire believed to have killed Linda Vella, July 26, 2023

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The boat was removed from the water with great care before it was searched, sheriff's spokesman Adam Linhardt said.

Identification and autopsy results were pending, but foul play was not believed to be a factor, Linhardt said.

Vella's husband, Michael Robson, 58, and grown son, Anthony Vella, 21, both of St. Petersburg, were airlifted to a Miami hospital shortly after the fire.