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Public's help requested in search for missing family

News Release

Friday, April 05, 2013

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459; Jorge Pino, 561-723-1417

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partner agencies are searching for a missing family of five in the Florida Everglades. The search is focused around the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The family consists of two adults and three children. They were last in contact with the FWC Thursday afternoon. FWC officers began searching for the family Thursday and have ramped up efforts Friday.

The FWC requests that anyone in and around this area keep an eye out for the missing family. They are in a camouflaged airboat (photo below), which may be difficult to see.

If you have any information regarding the search, please contact 911 or the FWC at the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC.

Missing airboat



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