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On September 28, 2012, at approximately 7:06 p.m., deputies responded to the southbound lane at the center span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in reference to an abandoned vehicle observed by Florida Highway Patrol. HCSO Air Service, HCSO Marine Unit, St. Petersburg Fire/Rescue, Pinellas EMS and US Coast Guard responded to the scene and initiated search and rescue operations. All efforts to locate a person in the water were met with negative results.
On September 29, 2012, the US Coast Guard notified Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit of Mr. Hall’s body just off Egmont Key. The body was positively identified as Brett Hall. The Medical Examiner’s Office responded to take custody of the body.