Coast Guard Search off the coast of Englewood, Florida for Missing Father and his Three Teenage Children (Update: One Body Found)

 MISSING AT SEA …

A father and his three teenage children, ages 13, 15 and 17 have been missing since Sunday, June 19, 2016 when their 29 foot sailboat disappeared off the Englewood coast. The family was on a trip from Sarasota to Fort Myers. During the trip the father called his brother and said they were in 6 foot seas. Abord the boat was the father, his 13 and 15-year-old teenage sons, and 17-year-old teenage daughter. They were last heard from Sunday morning and the  boat never made it to its destination.

The Coast Guard searched off the coast of Florida overnight after a sailboat carrying a father and his three teenage children went missing.

Officials say the man and his 13- and 15-year-old sons, and 17-year-old daughter were last heard from Sunday morning.

A family member called the Coast Guard Tuesday to report the man and his children left Sarasota en route to Fort Myers at 7 a.m. Sunday and hadn’t returned.

The 29-foot boat disappeared off the coast of Englewood, according to the Coast Guard.

The father aboard the vessel called his brother at 3 p.m. Sunday and “stated the sailboat was in 6-foot seas and he was attempting to survive with his children offshore of Englewood,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Coast Guard Searches for Dad, 3 Teens Missing Off Florida Coast.

The 29-foot vessel went missing near Englewood, on the Gulf of Mexico side of the state. It was last seen Sunday morning, according to the Coast Guard.

By 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday, authorities said there was still no sign of the family. The missing included boys aged 13 and 15 and their 17-year-old sister.

A relative called the Coast Guard Tuesday to report the man and his children left Sarasota at 7 a.m. Sunday and hadn’t returned.

The father aboard the vessel called his brother at 3 p.m. Sunday and “stated the sailboat was in 6-foot seas and he was attempting to survive with his children offshore of Englewood,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Coast Guard asks boaters to keep a sharp lookout and contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506 with any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing family.

UPDATE I: Coast Guard finds body during search.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it found a body wearing a personal floatation device in an area where searchers are looking for a father and his three teenage children who disappeared while sailing off the coast of southwestern Florida, Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Case told reporters Wednesday.

However, it was not immediately clear that the deceased person was a member of the missing family, Case said.

The body that was recovered by helicopter was being transported to local authorities for a positive identification.

2 Year Old Toddler Missing After Alligator Drags Boy Away into the Water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Update: Toddler Lane Graves Body Recovered)

HORRIFYING

A 2 year old boy is still missing after he was attacked and dragged into the water by an alligator at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night around 9:20 pm. According to accounts, the Nebraska family of five was relaxing on the shoreline when the alligator attacked the boy. The father entered the water and tried to pry the child from the gator, but was unsuccessful.  Orange County Sheriff’s deputies are using sonar to search the man-made lake, with help from a helicopter and 10-person dive team. The alligator was said to be between 4 and 7 feet long.  The search continues for the child in the Seven Seas Lagoon for hours in a search and recovery effort but had not found him.

Jeff Williamson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated, “We just want to keep searching and searching and searching until we can’t search anymore.” According to the press conference this morning, officials are still treating this as a search and rescue. Sadly, this does not look good at all.

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A 2-year-old boy who was attacked and dragged into the water by an alligator on the shores of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Tuesday night was still missing early Wednesday morning.

Jeff Williamson with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the child had not been located. Deputies are in the water and air, calling it a search and rescue operation.

“Right now we’re going to bring in some fresh eyes and continue with the search,” Williamson said. “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”

UPDATE I: 4 Alligators Found in nearby waters overnight … none involved with attack on missing boy.

Lane Graves

UPDATE II: The Body of 2 Year Old Lane Graves recovered by Divers.

Heart-breaking, simply unimaginably heart-breaking. The body of 2 year old Lane Graves was found by divers Wednesday about 6 feet beneath the water in the man made lagoon where the boy had been attacked by an alligator the night before.

The body of a 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort was found underwater, ending a desperate search that began as a rescue operation and eventually became a grim recovery effort, officials in Florida said.

Divers found the boy’s body “completely intact” Wednesday about six feet beneath the surface of the massive, man-made lagoon, not far from the area where he was attacked the previous night, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff identified the toddler as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Neb. While a formal identification is pending, “there is no reason to believe that the body that was recovered is not that of Lane Graves,” Demings said.

22 Year Old Former ‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie Dead, Shot to Death Following Orlando Concert (Update: Gunman Kills Himself)

TRAGIC

22 year old Christina Grimmie  has been shot dead following her concert in Orlando, Florida. The former NBC “The Voice” singer was shot to death while she signed autographs for fans following her concert. Grimmie was performing with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live on Bumby Avenue. The gunman, who was described as a 21-year-old white man, walked toward Grimmie with two guns and shot her. The unidentified gunman shot himself in a scuffle following the shooting. Sadly, Grimmie has taken to a local area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Hours before what would be her last concert, singer Christina Grimmie jovially invited fans to see her show in central Florida in a video that she posted on social media on Friday afternoon.

Not long after, the former star of NBC’s “The Voice” would be dead — shot by a man who walked up to her after the performance in Orlando, police said.

The man who shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie in Orlando on Friday night was not from that central Florida city, and “traveled to Orlando apparently to commit this crime,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters Saturday.

The gunman — who authorities say fatally shot himself after shooting Grimmie — was a 21-year-old white man, and had two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, Mina said.

REST IN PEACE

Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie shot while signing autographs after concert.

At some point during the interaction with fans, the gunman, who was described as a 21-year-old white man, walked toward Grimmie with two guns and shot her.

At a news conference Saturday, police said the gunman was not from the area. They said he was carrying two extra magazines of ammunition and a hunting knife.

Police said Grimmie’s brother immediately tackled the assailant, and during the subsequent struggle, he shot himself.

UPDATE I: Police: Suspect specifically targeted Christina Grimmie.

The 27-year-old man, whose name police did not release, travelled to The Plaza Live theater with two small-caliber handguns Friday night. He walked up to Grimmie, who was signing autographs after the show, and shot her at about 10:30 p.m., Police Chief John Mina said. Her brother immediately tackled the suspect and the man shot himself at the scene.

The man came to Orlando from another city in Florida with the intention of killing Grimmie, Mina said. He declined to say which city.

Mina said no car was found at the venue and police believe the man arranged transportation to and from the venue. No detail was given about how he originally arrived in Orlando.

Big Night for Trump … Donald Trump Wins GOP Primaries in Florida, Illinois & North Carolna

TRUMP TUESDAY …

So far it appears to be a rather good night for Donald J. Trump as he was won the Republican primaries in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina. However, Trump did lose to Kasich in Ohio, and Missouri is too close to call. Trump did what he had to do and although he would have had a clean sweep had he won Ohio, it is hard to believe that the sitting, popular governor of Ohio could actually lose his own home state. That being said, Kasich has no path to the presidency via delegates. Trump steamrolled Rubio in Florida beating the Florida senator 46% to 27% and winning all of the 99 delegates. In Illinois Trump won rather easily with 40%, Cruz second with 29%, Kasich 20% and Rubio a miserable 4th with only 8%. In North Carolina Trump garnered 40.5% of the vote, Cruz second with 36.5%, Kasich third with 12.5% and Rubio last with 7.8%. Hmm, are you sensing a trend with Rubio?

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Donald Trump won a decisive victory in Florida’s primary Tuesday night, forcing home-state Sen. Marco Rubio to abandon the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But another big prize — Ohio — went to its governor, John Kasich.

Florida’s outcome, with companion wins in North Carolina and Illinois, strengthened Trump’s chances to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The third contender, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, is hoping to pick up enough delegates to force a contested national GOP convention in July.

“Do not give in to the fear,” Rubio said in a not-so-subtle reference to Trump. “Do not give in to the frustration.”

Florida and Ohio award the most delegates; Missouri also held a primary Tuesday.

Kasich had to win Ohio to keep his struggling campaign alive, but even so, he has virtually no path to the nomination.

“I want you to know the campaign goes on,” Kasich said at his victory rally. He sought to maintain his positive persona. “I will not take the low road to the highest office of the land.”

Heading into Tuesday’s balloting, Donald Trump had 460 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win. Texas Senator Ted Cruz had 370, followed by Rubio at 163 and Kasich at 63. Let’s see how the numbers shake out at the evenings end.

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