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Sept. 23, 2013 (UPDATE) Drowning Victim Identified

10/8/2013 5:49:53 PM

Contact: Rob Shaw

Sept. 23, 2013

13-0627 UPDATE

Drowning Victim Off Clearwater Beach Identified

Clearwater Police have released the identity of the man whose body was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

Jose Gabriel Fajardo, 40, of 15911 Misty Way in Tampa, was the swimmer whose body was found Sept. 17 about 3 miles offshore by a fishing boat.

Fajardo last was seen alive at 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 when he told his cousin he was going to swim from one hotel where he had been drinking to another hotel.

He never made it to his destination. He was not reported missing to Clearwater Police until more than 24 hours later.

Fajardo's body was found the next morning. He was identified by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office.