Published: Feb 20, 2011 10:38 PM EST
Updated: Feb 20, 2011 7:38 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A helicopter search crew has found the body of a missing Florida boater in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard said 56-year-old Tommie Lipford of Largo had gone out on his 21-foot Kenner fishing boat Friday and was reported missing by his family around 2 a.m. Sunday. His body was found roughly 4 miles from his boat at about 11 a.m. The boat was anchored with its lights on. It's unclear how Lipford died.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating.

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