- Associated Press - Sunday, September 24, 2017

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - An abandoned “ghost boat” that washed ashore near Melbourne Beach was last registered in the name of a man who is jailed in Key West for attempted murder, kidnapping, and a variety of other charges.

Florida Today reports the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed that 47-year-old Jeffrey Ray Sundwall is being held at the Monroe County Detention Facility.

The abandoned 45-foot sailboat was reported Tuesday morning on the sand at an area beach. A magnet for visitors, the vessel may not be removed weeks because of its size. A photo also shows a female mannequin torso visible aboard the abandoned boat.

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In an attempt to identify the owner of the sailboat, the paper emailed U.S. Coast Guard vessel registration information and Sundwall’s arrest information to FWC officials.


Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), https://www.floridatoday.com

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