Body of missing paddleboarder recovered from Kings Bay

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CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man who vanished over the weekend while paddleboarding in Crystal River was found dead on Monday, authorities said.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, crews recovered the body of 43-year-old Joshua Grant Hensley from Kings Bay.

Investigators said Hensley had taken his paddleboard out to Shell Island to watch the sunset.

He was last seen by park rangers, launching his paddleboard around 6:30 p.m. at Hunter Springs Park. Hensley’s vehicle remained at the park’s parking lot. His paddleboard was found two days later near Pete’s Pier.

The sheriff’s office has dispatched marine and aviation units in hopes of finding him. He was found deceased shortly before noon on Monday.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Joshua’s family and friends in this
difficult time. ‘Captain Jack’ was a beloved figure in the community and will be missed,” the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Further information was not immediately available.

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