Body of a Local Man Found in River

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office reports the body of 24-year-old Zachary Barber, a former Calhoun County Deputy, was found just before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say Barber was found four miles from where he fell out of his boat in the Apalachicola River Monday.

Officials said an autopsy will be performed Thursday to determine the cause of death.

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As of 5/21 at 10 a.m:

The search continues for a missing Liberty County boater on the Apalachicola River near Bristol.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say they are looking for 24-year-old Zachary Barber, a former Calhoun County Deputy.

An F-W-C spokesperson says Barber went out on the Apalachicola River just north of Bristol, Florida with his 18-year-old brother-in-law Monday.

Sometime after 8:00, officials say Barber stood up in his boat, when he fell out and disappeared into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

FWC said alcohol appears to be a factor.

Stan Kirkland of FWC said the water isn't clear. "There are a lot of stumps, debris and logs they have to sift through. With the river current like it is, the body sometimes will move, making the search a more difficult."

Lt. Scott Runkle of FWC also added "Bay Co., Gulf Co. and Leon Co. Dive teams worked all day yesterday (Tuesday) and will again today until they find Barber."

Calhoun Co. Sheriff's Dept. has provided a helicopter to help search for Barber.

Liberty Co. crews and FWC will search by boat.

Gulf Co search and rescue has brought dogs over that can detect human odor in water and sonar will be used as well.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says 24-year-old Zachary Barber is missing. He and his 18-year-old brother-in- law were out on the Apalachicola River north of Bristol, Fl on Monday.

FWC says Barber stood up in the boat and fell out, disappearing into the river. He did not have on a life jacket.

Search teams went out around 8:30 p.m. Monday night and searched until 3 a.m. They resumed the search at daylight Tuesday, but have not found him.


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