The body of a 63-year-old sailor from Connecticut who was last seen in late December at the Charleston City Marina was found there last week, authorities said Monday.

People last saw Edward Brennan on Dec. 31 at the Lockwood Drive marina, where the Charleston Police Department said he had been living on a boat.

But a body was found under a dock there around 9:30 a.m. Friday, police spokesman Charles Francis said last week.

A worker told the police that he was checking on boats, and when he pulled on a line attached to one vessel, he found the remains, according to an incident report. The employee said that he had heard about a man who had fallen from a boat there earlier in the year and that he had been looking for signs of a body, the document added.

Firefighters cut part of the dock and removed the body, according to the report.

Deputy Coroner Cindy Bordallo of the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday that the body was Brennan's. His cause and manner of death, along with when he died, were not immediately known, Bordallo said.

When he went missing on New Year's Eve, the police said it was "extremely out of character" for Brennan not to have contact with any loved ones. His disappearance prompted pleas from other members of the sailing community, urging people to call the authorities if they ever spotted him.

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