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Police trace clues of missing Tampa paddleboarder

Pinellas County, Florida  -- The last person to see Jeffrey Comer was a friend who watched him load up his paddleboard Saturday.

That was on Harbour Island in Downtown Tampa, where Comer lives.

Like so many folks who love the water, it looks like Comer went to Fort De Soto Park at the southern tip of Pinellas County.

But all we have are clues -- and no sign of this 50-year old man who police say was in excellent health.

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Pictures on his Facebook page show Comer standing on his paddleboard, making his way through the water.

There's a slogan on his board, up near the front, that says, "You only live once."

The Coast Guard says a boater found Comer's board Saturday night. It was empty, floating near the entrance to the Manatee River -- in an area of Tampa Bay sort of between Bradenton and Anna Maria Island.

Jeffrey Comer's wallet, car keys, and cell phone were on board.

Police checked his home. He was gone, but otherwise everything seemed to be in order. They found his car parked on Mullet Key at Fort De Soto Park.

Comer is an experienced paddleboarder. He competed just this month in the Florida State Paddleboard Championship.

Still, kayaking guides will warn you that leaving the immediate area around Fort De Soto Park can be challenging.

The channel between the park and Egmont Key -- at the mouth of Tampa Bay -- can generate strong currents, fast-moving tides, and get rough even in a light wind.

Large ships move quickly through the area, as well. They're too big to change course for a paddleboarder.

Several agencies searched the waters Sunday, and it's expected that search will continue after sunrise Monday morning.


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