Friends Speak out After Fisherman's Body is Found

By: Morgan Kyrklund Email
By: Morgan Kyrklund Email

LIBERTY CO. - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirms they've found the body of a former Liberty County Commissioner.

After a two week search by the Apalachicola River, volunteers found the body of 51 year old Curtis Anders near Iola Landing, 17 miles from where he went missing.

Ray Womble was sitting on his porch two weeks ago, when he heard his friend of 20 years screaming his name.

"I heard Curtis hollering for help," Womble said.

On March 9th, Anders took off from the Estiffanulga Boat Landing in Liberty County.

Shortly after his boat touched the water he reportedly lost control.

"The witness turned around and saw the boat spinning in a really tight circle," said Stan Kirkland, FWC.

That's when Womble went into his trailer and dialed 911, before trying to get his own boat in the water to go after his friend.

However, it seemed Anders had already disappeared.

Since Anders' disappearance, six different agencies and hundreds of volunteers took part in search efforts.

Anders' body was discovered Saturday morning.

"Gulf County Search and Rescue found his body roughly 20 miles from where he went missing," Kirkland said.

The FWC is working on a full accident report.

Investigators are also waiting on the autopsy report.

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