Body found is that of missing Matthew Robineau
MELBOURNE, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Authorities in Brevard County say a body recovered in the Indian River on Tuesday, off the Melbourne Causeway, is that of missing person Matthew Robineau.
The Medical Examiner will be conducting and autopsy and will provide updates as soon as there is more information.
"There has been a great deal of assistance from Mr. Robineau’s family and friends, the United States Coast Guard, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the media, and our community," said Lt. Trevor Shaffer, with the Melbourne Police Department. "We appreciate all the assistance that has been offered in this case."
Matthew's father, Dan Robineau, said he received a pocket dial from his 21-year-old son's cell phone early Sunday morning. That phone call came around 2 a.m. after Matthrew had been out with his friends in the Downtown Melbourne.
When Dan Robineau tried to call his son back, he received no answer, so he used the "Find My iPhone" app and saw that the phone was stationary near the Melbourne Causeway.
Melbourne police officers responded to an area near Geiger Point to meet with the father, who had located Matthew's phone, along with several other personal items; however, there was no sign of Matthew. Police used canines to search the area, but it was unsuccessful.
Investigators say Matthew visited several establishments on New Haven Avenue in Downtown Melbourne, just prior to his disappearance. He was last seen walking eastbound on New Haven, near the railroad tracks around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say he may have been intoxicated.
Search efforts began over the weekend and continued into Tuesday afternoon. A fisherman notified authorities of a body found in Indian River and confirmation of that body was announed shortly after 5 p.m.