The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a family that disappeared off of the Florida coast, Capt. Gregory Case announced Saturday.
Ace Kimberly, 45, and his three teenage children — Rebecca Kimberly, 17, Donald Kimberly, 15, and Roger Kimberly, 13 — disappeared Sunday afternoon after departing Sarasota for Fort Myers in a 29-foot sailboat. They were last seen in the Guld of Mexico, the Associate Press reported.
The Coast Guard, alongside partner agencies, conducted more than 100 searches covering 33,830 square miles for more than 250 hours in search for the missing family.
Two bodied recovered from the waters off southwest Florida have been identified as Ace Kimberly and his daughter Rebecca, Case said at a news conference Saturday. Kimberly's two teenage sons remain missing.
"I made the very difficult decision to suspend the active search operations for the Kimberly family," said Case, St. Petersburg Commander. "It is with a heavy heart and sincere condolences to the family and friends that I do this. This is probably the most difficult decision I ever have to make in this position."