UPDATE: Body of 18-Year-Old Swimmer Recovered in Melbourne Beach Identified

18-year-old identified as Benjamin Pierre Gilles

The body of 18-year-old Benjamin Pierre Gilles was recovered from the surf in Melbourne Beach at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The body of 18-year-old Benjamin Pierre Gilles was recovered from the surf in Melbourne Beach at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Pierre Gilles went missing from the beach in Indialantic near Wavecrest Avenue on Friday, March 10.

Deputies responded after it was reported that Pierre Gilles was last seen appearing to be in distress while in the surf at approximately 1:30 p.m., Friday.

Units from the Sheriff’s Office and the Coast Guard conducted multiple searches during the weekend without success in locating Pierre Gilles.

His body was discovered this morning by a person walking on the beach in the 5100 block of A1A.

Anyone who may have information about this incident are asked to please call Agent Adam Walkington of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413.

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