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Officials confirm body is Bonefish Grill co-founder

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 4, 2004

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ST. PETERSBURG - A body found floating in Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon has been identified as missing restaurateur Chris Parker, authorities said.

The body of Parker, 37, a co-founder of the Bonefish Grill restaurant chain, was found by two boaters about 1:15 p.m. Monday a mile east of the St. Petersburg Pier.

On Tuesday, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office identified the body as that of Parker, said Gary Morse, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Parker disappeared on Jan. 25 after his high-powered speedboat overturned about a mile south of the Gandy Bridge.

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