Family finds body of missing airman off Texas coast after Coast Guard suspends search
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Elijah Posana's body was discovered on the shoreline Tuesday morning.
(CNN)Family members of the missing 22-year-old airman found his body Tuesday morning off the Texas Coast, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.
Elijah Posana, 22, was swimming approximately 100 feet from shore at Surfside Beach near Freeport, Texas, Sunday when an individual saw him pulled away by a rip current, according to a news release from the Coast Guard's 8th District Texas Detachment.
Posana's body was discovered on the shoreline Tuesday morning between access points three and four of Follett's Island Beach, approximately 3 to 4 miles northeast from where he was last seen entering the water, Sheriff Bo Stallman said.
Stallman said Posana's body was discovered by family members who kept searching for him after the Coast Guard formally suspended the search Monday afternoon.
He said he does not have information yet on which family members found Posana's body and if they were the same family members who were with Posana on Sunday when he went missing.
Coast Guard and local agencies searched approximately 100 square miles over 28 hours for Posana, according to a US Coast Guard news release from Monday.
He was on leave with his family in Texas when he went missing on Sunday, the Air Force unit said.