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Body found in water identified as missing 18-year-old, Flagler deputies say

Giovanne Sylvain was last seen Sept. 25, his body was found 3 days later

Giovanne Sylvain
Giovanne Sylvain (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County deputies have confirmed a body found floating in the water at Graham Swamp is that of an 18-year-old man who was reported missing three days before he was found dead.

Investigators said Giovanne Sylvain was last seen Sept. 25 at Advent Health and was acting erratically. He left the hospital after 7:30 p.m. on his bicycle.

Then around 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 28, people fishing in the area of Old Kings Road noticed the body. Initially, deputies said they believed it could be Sylvain but were waiting for a positive identification to be made. On Oct. 14, investigators confirmed the body belonged to the missing 18-year-old.

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The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death due to the “suspicious circumstances” and waiting on the cause of death, pending toxicology results.

"We are always committed to demonstrating transparency but we do not want to release any information that later may be determined to be inaccurate,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “We understand that the public has concerns and we will provide more information as the investigation progresses.”

Sylvain’s family has been notified and they are cooperating with the investigation, according to a news release.

Anyone with information about the body or information about Sylvain is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at tips@flaglersheriff.com or 386-313-4911.


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