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UPDATE: Body Found is of Missing Southport Man

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UPDATE: The Bay County Sheriff's Office confirmed this morning that the body found in a vehicle in a Sand Hills pond on Monday was that of 88-year-old Max Fleming.
 
The body was positively identified by the Medical Examiner and the information released this morning.
 
Fleming had been missing since last Thursday and his family members found the vehicle submerged in a pond on his property early Monday Morning.
 
The cause of death has not been released.
 
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UPDATE: The Bay County Sheriff's Office received a call this morning at approximately 8 o'clock by family members of missing person Ray Max Fleming.
 
A vehicle had been discovered in a lake located behind a home owned by Fleming on Highway 20.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office Investigators, Crime Scene Unit and Dive Team responded to the residence. Tow trucks were able to pull the vehicle from the lake. A man's body was found in the vehicle. The vehicle appears to be the one Fleming is known to drive. Also found in the vehicle was the body of a dog. The Golden Retriever had also not been seen since Fleming went missing. The body of the dog was turned over to the family.

The medical examiner's office has taken the body of the man and will make positive identification and conduct an autopsy. The vehicle has been taken to the BCSO for Crime Scene to conduct a forensic investigation. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

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The Bay County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body found in an automobile in a pond in the Sand Hills.
 
According to Ruth Corley of the BCSO, deputies and dive teams members are headed to the scene to removed the car and the body from the pond.
 
News 13 has a reporter on the scene and will bring you more updated information when details are confirmed through law enforcement.
 
 
 
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Bay County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the residence where the submerged car was found is the home of missing 88 year-old Max Fleming. Fleming was last seen Thursday afternoon.
 
Investigators have also said that they have discovered the body of an elderly man inside the vehicle, and they are working to confirm the identity.
 
This is an on-going investigation, however, at this point, officials do not believe foul play was involved.