FORT MYERS BEACH
On Thursday morning, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office announced that the remains found in a Fort Myers Beach mangrove have been identified as those of 82-year-old Ilonka Knes.
Knes’ remains were discovered Tuesday near Fort Myers Beach Town Hall. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a press conference that she was identified via her dental records.
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A boating crew in the canal working to remove debris discovered the remains and contacted deputies. Logan Sorto was working a construction job across from the canal when the discovery was made.
His heart, he said, “goes out to the family—how shocking it has to be to find a loved one here. And it’s just very shocking for me… for my guys here working as well. For them to know that there’s human remains just feet from us.”
72-year-old James Hurst, another Fort Myers Beach resident reported missing after Hurricane Ian, has not been found yet.