Body found in ocean near Port Canaveral identified as missing Daytona Beach attorney


PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (WESH) —The Coast Guard confirmed a body found Tuesday in the ocean near Port Canaveral in Brevard County is Daytona Beach attorney Jim Evans.

Coast Guard officials say Evans’ body was spotted about eight miles southeast of Port Canaveral.

A response team recovered his body and took it to the medical examiner’s office for identification.

Evans, a Daytona Beach attorney, was last seen Friday about 30 miles off Ponce Inlet where he had gone diving with two other people.

“He went out lobstering off-shore about 30 miles. It’s apparently a pretty popular spot. (He) went down with all the equipment stuff. He was in full scuba gear with the wet suit and spear gun and everything and never resurfaced,” Smith said.

The friends who were with him contacted the Coast Guard around 2 p.m. Friday. The search, involving several agencies, has been working nonstop to find Evans.

Coast Guard crews spent the weekend searching more than 2,300-square nautical miles for Evans but didn’t find any signs of him.

“This is totally unexpected, of course, that’s just devastating to all of us,” Smith said.

Smith says the former Seabreeze High School student and Stetson Law School graduate has practiced law in the area for more than 20 years.

“Everybody has been out there looking for him. They’re courageous, they’re steadfast. They have continued to search day and night for him,” Smith said.

Evans turned 51 on Labor Day.

Smith says the family is thankful for all the help but they’re going to need more. He’s asking that you contact the U.S. Coast Guard at any sign of his nephew.

“We still are relying on prayer and faith and are expecting a miracle,” Smith said.

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