Marine expert says missing boater's life ring had shark bites on it

Darren Peterson, a 46-year-old man from Montrose, Colorado, was one of three boaters who were...
Darren Peterson, a 46-year-old man from Montrose, Colorado, was one of three boaters who were on a vessel that sunk off of Alligator Point Saturday night.(WCTV)
Published: Oct. 28, 2019 at 10:49 PM EDT
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By: Jacob Murphey | WCTV Eyewitness News

October 29, 2019

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The family of missing boater Darren Peterson has posted to Facebook that Peterson has died.

Peterson's family, who has been in contact with WCTV, posted to a page titled


Peterson's family told WCTV to watch the Facebook page for updates.

David Peterson, who is Darren Peterson's brother, told WCTV the family did not recovery the body; however, they received confirmation from a marine expert that the life ring found in the water near the incident was in fact Darren's. The expert also told the family there were bite marks from a bull shark on it.

The family said they're taking this information as confirmation that Darren Peterson died.

David Peterson said he, his son Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation are back out searching to try and find a body. He said they don't have a boat, so they'll be coming the beaches along Alligator Point.

The post has also been shared by Peterson's wife.

WCTV has reached out to FWC who said they could not confirm the information from the family at this time. FWC says no body has been found, and although the search is continuing, it's been scaled back.

Peterson was


Wallace Rogers, a 62-year-old man from Little Rock, Arkansas, died while Beaumon Rogers, a 60-year-old man from Madisonville, Louisiana, survived.

On October 24, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search.

This is a developing story