Josh Hensley

Josh Hensley, shown here on his custom paddle board cleaning Lyngbya from the Hunter Springs Park swimming area, was found dead Monday in Kings Bay. 

Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies Monday recovered the body of 43-year-old Joshua Hensley from the waters of Kings Bay in Crystal River.

The sheriff’s office is it still investigating the incident and the cause of death,” said CCSO spokeswoman Brittney Carman.

The search for Hensley, owner of Big Foot Paddle Boards in Crystal River, began Monday in the bay after he was last seen launching his paddle boat 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hunter Springs Park. Hensley, who often dressed at Disney’s Jack Sparrow film character, was wearing the pirate garb when he went missing.

There is no apparent foul play.

“At this time we don’t have anything suggesting it,” Carman told the Chronicle when asking by a reporter.

The sheriff’s office’s Facebook page reported that it was alleged Hensley was taking his paddle board out to Shell Island to watch the sunset. Deputies found his paddle board Monday morning in King’s Bay near Pete’s Pier.

Park Rangers contacted CCSO Sunday morning after Henley’s vehicle remained in the Hunter Springs parking lot overnight.

The CCSO Aviation and Marine Units were deployed to search for Hensley and found his body Monday afternoon.

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at or 352-397-5914.

(5) comments


50 feet from the dock of Crackers.


The Sheriff's Office didn't find the body a boat Captain did 50 feet from the dock.


that is ashamed. I use to see him at Hunter Springs all the time. He seemed like a nice fellow. My condolences to his family.


No mention of his paddleboard. Was it found? I wonder if he was struck by a passing boat? Never noticed lights on his paddleboard???


Facebook posts indicate the board was found at Christmas Island a few hours before he was found.

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