A body discovered in the Mississippi Sound south of Biloxi on Tuesday has been identified as 24-year-old Daniel Dellapenna of Ocean Springs.
How Dellapenna got in the water is still unknown, but anyone with information is urged to contact Biloxi police investigators, Harrison County Chief Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer said.
Dellapenna’s body was in about 10 feet of water when a charter boat captain saw it near Deer Island about 8 a.m. and called for help, he said. The remains were found just south of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, which is east of Kuhn Street.
Dellapenna was living with a sister who had not heard the news of a body found, but called authorities Thursday to find out how to file a missing person report.
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His sister said she hadn’t seen him in a three or four days, Switzer said.
“She said it wasn’t like him to at least not call and check in with her,” he said. “That’s how we made the final connection that it was him.”
Dellapenna’s mother and other family live in Florida.
An autopsy has been completed but there is no ruling yet on the cause of death, Switzer said.
“We are waiting on toxicology and other studies,” he said.
Investigators are trying to find out when and where he was last seen. Anyone who can provide information on Dellapenna’s whereabouts is asked to call the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641 or 228-435-6112.
The Biloxi Fire Department, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene after his body was discovered.