The body of a San Francisco sheriff’s deputy whose boat was found adrift and unoccupied near the Vallejo Municipal Marina this morning was found in the water this afternoon, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. Michael Roberts, 56, was found near Dock B at the marina around 3:10 p.m., Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart said. Roberts was identified as the owner of a 26-foot vessel that was found unmanned near the marina around 6:45 a.m., Stewart said. Authorities from the Coast Guard, Vallejo Police Department and Solano County Sheriff’s Office had searched for Roberts with a helicopter, by boat and with a dive team. The boat was found with keys in the ignition and there was a cellphone onboard, Stewart said.
Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park said the deputy’s wallet was also found on the fishing boat. Park said the deputy’s death is not a criminal investigation. Sheriff’s spokesman Susan Fahey said Roberts was a Hercules resident and married with children. He had been working for the department since 1998. Fahey said today was Roberts day off. She said she considered him a boating expert who owned his own boat.
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