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Body believed to be that of missing plane passenger

The body of the passenger who reportedly fell out of a small plane into the ocean near Key Biscayne has likely been found, according to Miami-Dade Police.

Police said they presume a body found in a mangrove area just south of SW 184 Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday is 42-year-old Gerardo Nales, but authorities said they are waiting for official identification from the Medical Examiner's Office.

Nales fell out of Piper PA46 Thursday about eight miles southeast of Tamiami Airport with no parachute, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot was identified to NBC 6 as Felipe Fons, a student at Dean's International Aviation flight school at Tamiami Airport. Police have not indicated any evidence of foul play and the pilot was very cooperative with the investigation, authorities said.