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Teams searching for missing diver in Florida discover body of a different man

Teams were searching for Virgil Price, who disappeared Sunday while freediving, when they discovered the lifeless body of another man believed to be around 50 years old.
Marine unit assists coast guard in the water.
A marine unit assists the Coast Guard with recovering a dead diver.St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

Search teams looking for a missing diver off Florida recovered the lifeless body of a different man, authorities said.

Teams were combing the waters after a West Palm Beach resident disappeared Sunday while he was freediving when they discovered the body of a man believed to be around 50 years old.

"The body does not appear to have been in the water for an extended period of time," the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook statement Monday.

The unidentified man’s clothing and physical appearance did not match those of the missing diver, authorities said.

The body was found about 16 miles northeast of Fort Pierce Inlet. An investigation to determine how and when the man died continues.

The discovery was made as teams searched the waters for a freediver who disappeared near the site of the Halsey shipwreck, about 13 miles southeast of the inlet. Freediving is when a diver does not use a breathing apparatus.

The 435-foot-long ship was traveling from Corpus Christi, Texas, to New York on May 6, 1942, when it was struck by a torpedo and sank, according to Fishing Status.

Florida Freedivers, a dive shop in North Palm Beach, identified the missing diver as Virgil Price, a member of its team. The shop said the Coast Guard suspended the search after teams searched for more than 36 hours and covered 1,400 miles.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother and all those affected by this tragedy," the shop said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Price was last seen wearing a green wet suit with an orange stripe on the hood, yellow weights on his weight belt and black carbon fiber fins.