Work Crew Find Missing SF Sheriff's Deputy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The body of a missing San Francisco sheriff's deputy has been found in the waters of San Pablo Bay, near the Vallejo Marina, officials said.

Three men on a work boat located and recovered the body of the missing deputy around 3 p.m. Monday, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart, a spokeswoman for the agency.

After the body was brought to a dock at the marina, sheriff's officials confirmed the body was that of 56-year-old Michael Roberts, Stewart said.

Coast Guard crews and Vallejo police had been searching for Roberts after his 26-foot boat was found adrift about 6:45 a.m. Monday. Roberts' wallet and cellphone were found on the boat with its keys still in the ignition.

Foul play is not suspected in the deputy's death, officials said.

"It's always very difficult to deal with. We were hoping it was some sort of mishap where he had accidentally left the boat untied or something of that nature and our worst fears came true," Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park told KTVU-TV. "We are very saddened to hear, and we offer our condolences to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department for the loss."

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi issued a statement saying Roberts' body was found in an area where he loved to fish.

"Please join me in conveying our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Roberts and all those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him," the statement said.

Roberts - from nearby Hercules - had been with the sheriff's department since 1998.

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