Palm Beach County

Body Found in Palm Beach Near Area Where Broward Firefighter Disappeared

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A man's body was discovered Tuesday in an area in Palm Beach County near where a Broward County firefighter disappeared, authorities said.

The body was found in Jupiter Farms, not far from where Firefighter James Von Minden had vanished Friday night, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials said.

"We are heartbroken and devastated with this outcome. We do find comfort knowing he was loved by so many, especially his son Bradley," Von Minden's wife, Angela, said in a statement through the local fire rescue's union. "His dad was his hero. The family would like to thank the police, firefighters, volunteers, the Jupiter Farms community and most importantly Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue for the search for our beloved Jim."

Officials have not released the identity of the body and said it will be determined after an autopsy.

Von Minden had been disoriented when he went missing in Jupiter Farms around 5:30 p.m. Friday, and hadn't been seen or heard from since, officials said.

"Jim gave 30 years of his life serving his community in fire rescue. It was heartwarming to witness the outpouring of love for Jim," Angela Von Minden said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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