[UPDATE] Man Goes Missing in Suwannee River

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

[UPDATE] 3-23 Noon --

An early morning discovery solidifies a Lake City family's worst fears. After days of searching, the body of a missing kayaker has been found.

Search crews discovered 45-year-old Robert Vicenzi's body around 8:45 this morning.

A spokesperson from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Vicenzi missing just before 11 Sunday night. Authorities say Vicenzi's step-father located his kayak and life jacket in the Suwannee River shortly after he went missing. Six different agencies, including Suwannee and Lafayette Counties formed dive teams and brought in search dogs to canvas the river near the Harden Bergh Boat Ramp.

Crews did say they were going to start an air search this morning to look for the body but at this point we don't know if a helicopter was used.

There were also divers and search dogs looking for him.
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[UPDATE] 3-23 10:55am --

Kayaker Robert Vincenzi's body has been found. Authorities made this discovery around 8:45am.

No other information is available at this time. Stay with WCTV for updates.

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It's been 48 hours since Robert Vincenzi was reported missing after taking his kayak out on the Suwannee River.

Now friends and family sit patiently on the river banks hoping search teams will have positive answers for them soon.

A spokesperson from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says 45-year-old Robert Vicenzi was reported missing just before 11 Sunday night.

Authorities say Vicenzi's step-father located his kayak and life jacket in the Suwannee River shortly after he went missing.

Six different agencies, including Suwannee and Lafayette Counties have formed dive teams and search dogs to canvas the river near the Harden Bergh Boat Ramp.

Eyewitness News asked to speak with Vicenzi's family but they declined an on camera interview.

Law enforcement agencies were on the scene as well, but they also declined to speak on camera.

They did say that if Vicenzi is not found by Tuesday night they will begin to search the river by air.

We'll keep you updated on Eyewitness News and WCTV.TV.


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  • by An Old Friend Location: Live Oak on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:04 PM
    R.I.P. Bobby.
  • by Kay on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    I am a friend of the family and do not know all the facts, but I do know it was his father in law, not step father that first noticed the kayak was not carrying the victim. I believe that as a body builder he was not able to wear a vest...it simply did not fit him. My prayers are with the entire family during this most tragic time. They are all such wonderful people to know.
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    WEAR YOUR P.F.D. , SAVE A LIFE. Your own.
  • by Lobohart Location: everywhere on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    I pray that the family can find peace in their hearts during their time of grief. I read that they found his kayak and life jacket and must assume that he was not wearing it. People please wear your life jacket, 85% of drowning vistims were not wearing theirs.
  • by Bo on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Three days after Robert Vicenzi’s kayak overturned in the Suwannee River Sunday, authorities have recovered his body four miles from were the incident occurred, according to Suwannee Sheriff Tony Cameron. Vicenzi, 45, of Lake City, disappeared in the swift waters near Convict Springs late Sunday afternoon when his kayak overturned as he was paddling upstream to join his family for a group outing on the Suwannee. Authorities reported that a body had been found at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Cameron later confirmed that the body was that of Vicenzi’s. According to Cameron, the body had drifted four miles down stream from where the incident occurred, and was discovered near Royal Springs.
  • by Cheryl Location: Lake City, Florida on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    My prayers are with this family during this very difficult time. Bobby was truly an inspiration to me and will never be fogotten. You will be dearly missed my friend and I will continue my quest in your memory. As you have told me "Dig Grace, Dig!"
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    I think you owe the family an apology if you read the posts above. You will see he wasn't alone. His daughter and her boyfriend were with him. It was her birthday. Callous comments shouldn't be made when you don't know the facts.
  • by lance Location: young on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    he didnt go alone. he had his daughter and her boyfriend with them. and it was her birthday ):
  • by Family friend Location: Nearby on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    To Mark who commented...this man was not alone. You really should know facts before saying things like that. His daughter was with him just a short distance ahead on the river. They were there celebrating her birthday. Maybe you should apologize for your comment now?
  • by the long family Location: jacksonville fl on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    WE ASK THE LORD TO LOOK DOWN ON THE VINCENZI`S FAMILY,AND THE TARASHIK FAMILY THROUGH THIS VERY TOUGH TIME GOD BLESS YOU ALL!AND KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
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