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Report: Body of ex-Melbourne man found in Seminole lake

10:05 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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OVIEDO, Fla. (FLORIDA TODAY) -- The body of a Melbourne High School graduate was found floating in about six feet of water in a Seminole County lake at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the body of Jason M. Cobb, who was missing since Dec. 26, showed no signs of trauma.

The disappearance of Cobb, 30, and Charles T. Jackson, 26, was reported to police when the two men didn't return home from a boating trip on Lake Jesup.

They left Lemon Bluff at about 5:30 p.m. and drove to Black Hammock fish camp. They left the camp at about 1:30 a.m. to head back to the bluff, but hadn't been seen since.

A friend found their empty boat -- a 15-foot Bass Tracker -- about 12 hours later, three-quarters of a mile north of the fish camp.

FWC officers and Seminole County and Volusia County deputies scoured the lake in hopes of finding the men. Additionally, hundreds of friends and family of the men organized their own searches.

Investigators suspect the men were somehow thrown from the boat. There were two life jackets, two paddles and keys to their truck onboard.

According to Cobb's Facebook social media page, he graduated from Melbourne High in 2001. He was employed by Seminole County schools. Jackson graduated from Oviedo High and works at Guardian Equipment, according to his Facebook page.

Rescuers will continue to search for Jackson.

Contact Ford at aford3@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3601.

Florida Today

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