Sources: Body Found at NAS Pensacola, Believed to be Missing Boater

Gulf Shores sailor Brad Gunther
Authorities say Gunther was murdered and they believe Michael Paul Rodgers is responsible.

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News 5 has confirmed a body was discovered Friday afternoon on the coast of NAS Pensacola.

There is currently an active crime scene on the strip of beach where the body was located, News 5 is told.

The body is believed to be that of 62-year-old boater Brad Gunther, who went missing last week.  Family members who spoke to News 5 a short time ago confirmed that’s what they were told by local authorities.

The body was found in this area, near Sherman Cove, News 5 is told.
The body was found in this area, near Sherman Cove, News 5 is told.

Gunther was last seen on the 48-foot sailboat he owned and captained, “Reliant.”  The boat was found anchored at Fort McRee last week with no sign of Gunther or the sailboat’s dinghy.

Michael Paul RodgersThis past weekend, an arrest was made in connection with Gunther’s disappearance. Michael Rodgers was taken into custody after allegedly trying to use Gunther’s credit card and passport.

Rodgers is a registered sex offender from Milton, Florida. He served almost 8 years on a robbery, armed burglary, and sexual battery conviction.

This is a developing story. More tonight on News 5 at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00.

 

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