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A body matching the description of a 28-year-old Maitland diver who did not resurface in the Atlantic Ocean 24 miles east of Ponce de Leon Inlet was found Tuesday afternoon.

Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen said a member of an independent group of divers assisting the Coast Guard in the search for Ryan Meyers found the body before 1 p.m. near where Meyers was last seen Monday morning.

"We are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the identity of the victim," Jorgensen said of the body which was taken to Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon in New Smyrna Beach.

The divers who located the body joined crews from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Diamondback and Coast Guard helicopters and a C-130 Hercules airplane in searching the area where Meyers failed to resurface while spearfishing off an Altamonte Springs-based Yellowfin fishing boat Monday.

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