Body found near Indian River Inlet ID'd as missing swimmer

July 8, 2013

The state medical examiner has identified the body found July 5 floating near the Indian River Inlet as that of a missing swimmer.

Swimmer Jeff King of Jordanville, N.Y., was reported missing June 29 after witnesses say he had difficulties swimming near the southeast Day Area Beach in the Delaware Seashore State Park.

Jill Fredel, director of communications for the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, said the death was ruled an accident. The medical examiner determined on July 8 the body was King, she said.

The body was found by boaters about 10:12 a.m. in the ocean north of the inlet, said Cpl. Gary Founier of the Delaware State Police.

Officers with the Delaware State Police and Fish and Wildlife brought the body to the U.S. Coast Guard Station where it was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Fournier said.