Officials believe they found Miami boaters' bodies
MIAMI (AP) -- The search for a man and his 8-year-old daughter in the waters off Miami ended Monday when authorities found what they believe are their bodies.
Miami-Dade Police said Phil Burke, 49, and his daughter, Tara Ann Burke, left the Black Point Marina in south Miami-Dade County on Sunday afternoon in a 17-foot Key West boat. When the pair didn't return later that evening, family members called authorities.
The Coast Guard found what it believed to be the girl's body late Monday, hours after authorities recovered the body of a man who fits the description of the father, said Lt. Matt Moorlag, a public affairs officer. Lt. Eddy Ballester of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said authorities assumed the first body belonged to the father, though positive identification by the coroner is pending for both.
After the discovery of the second body, the Coast Guard called off its search for the two.
A state officer found the boat near mangroves on the shore about four miles north of the marina; the motor was in the off position and there was no evidence of a collision.
A woman who answered the telephone at a listing for Phil Burke said there was no comment.
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