A body found floating the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater last week was identified Monday as a 40-year-old Tampa man who had been reported missing, police said.
Jose Gabriel Fajardo, of 15911 Misty Way, was last seen alive at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 on Clearwater Beach. Fajardo said he was going to swim from the Holiday Inn Sunspree, where he had been drinking, to nearby Shephard’s Beach Resort, a cousin told police.
The cousin looked for Fajardo at Shepherd’s on Sunday night but could not find him, police said.
Fajardo was reported missing to police a day later, and his body was found just after 7:30 a.m. Sept. 17 about 3 miles offshore by a fishing boat.
He was identified by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office.