Last missing victim of Hurricane Ian identified after found on boat


FORT MYERS BEACH – The body of a Florida man who went missing last fall during Hurricane Ian has been found on his sunken sailboat months after the storm.

The body of James “Denny” Hurst was discovered last week on his boat, the “Good Girl,” the Lee County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

The boat and remains were found in Matanzas Pass in Fort Myers Beach.

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“Mr. Hurst’s family has been notified. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

Hurst, 72, was the only person still missing from the hurricane, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. More than 70 people died when Ian struck in Lee County, officials say.

According to authorities, Hurst was last known to have been aboard his sailboat during Hurricane Ian. The sheriff’s office dive team found his sunken ship.

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James "Denny" Hurst, 72, was reported missing by his daughter, Shannon Hurst, after he failed to answer calls following Hurricane Ian's landfall.

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Officials said Shannon Vaughan reported her father missing on Oct. 6 after braving Ian on his sailboat in Fort Myers Beach.

During the storm, Hurst lost contact with his family. The last time they heard from him was September 28. The storm hit the beach around 3 p.m. that day.

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Hurst was usually docked at Fort Myers Beach.