Body of missing Putnam sheriff's deputy found

Posted at 6:32 AM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 06:32:35-04

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a missing Putnam County sheriff's deputy who fell out of a boat on the St. Johns River has been located.

Sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Joseph Wells tells media outlets in a statement that divers found the body of 35-year-old Deputy Brandee Smith on Saturday afternoon.

Deputies say Smith went missing in the St. Johns Rivers after being thrown overboard in a boating accident Friday near Welaka.

Deputies determined that a boat hit a channel marker, and Smith, who was in the boat with her boyfriend, fell into the water.

Wells says Smith was a mother of four. She had been with the Putnam County sheriff's office since 2012.

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