12/10/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2023 21:12
This morning, divers with the Tampa Police Marine Patrol recovered the body of a deceased adult female from the waters off Ballast Point.
She has been identified as 72-year-old Miriam Nordlinger. A Purple Alert had been issued Saturday night after she left her home and did not return.
"The thoughts of the entire department are with the Nordlinger family at this time," said Chief Bercaw. "This is not the outcome we had hoped for. We appreciate the concern of the community and media who helped bring awareness to the search and ask that you continue to keep the family in your thoughts as well."
While the investigation remains in the early stages, there is nothing to suggest foul play. The exact cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office.
If you, or someone you know requires mental health assistance, please call the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay by dialing 211, or call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. For information on additional resources, visit tampa.gov/police/MentalHealth.