Coconut Creek

Body of Coconut Creek Boater Missing Since Saturday Found in Lake

The body of Daniel Potter, who was last seen getting into his canoe in Coco Lake around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, was found in that body of water early Thursday

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The body of a boater from Coconut Creek who went missing Saturday and had not been heard from since was found in the lake where he disappeared, police said Thursday.

Coconut Creek Police said the body of Daniel Potter was recovered after a man flying a drone spotted his body on Coco Lake around 8 a.m.

Police said Potter had been last seen getting into his canoe in Coco Lake around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials said they're in the process of performing an autopsy and investigating his death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Potter family during this very difficult time," police tweeted Thursday.

Sources told NBC 6 earlier Thursday that the body was Potter.

Police say the 60-year-old was initially going on a fishing trip on the lake, which is behind his home.

“My husband lives for fishing, he’s out there every night, keeps him nice and calm, he catches bass, takes some pictures, and throws ‘em back,” his wife, Justine Potter, told NBC 6 on Tuesday.

While a non-profit group called Guardians for the Missing searched the lake Tuesday afternoon with sonar equipment, precious little had been found of Potter or his boat. 

“My daughter found one flip flop and I found the other,” Justine Potter said, adding that they also found an oar, but the boat is still out there somewhere. 

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