Report: Jose Fernandez, friends had 'strong odor of alcohol' when bodies found

The bodies of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and the two friends killed in a boating accident in Florida last month had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage when authorities arrived on scene, according to a published report on Wednesday.

The warrant affidavit, released to the Miami Herald by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office Wednesday, said the divers who recovered the bodies off Miami’s South Beach detected the scent of alcohol. The newspaper also reported the accident is being investigated as a potential Boating Homicide While Intoxicated and Vessel Homicide case.

The toxicology and autopsy reports have not been released.

Fernandez, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero died when Fernandez's boat struck a jetty at a high rate of speed.

The crash is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The agency asked prosecutors to draft the warrant so they could search Fernandez's 32-foot SeaVee, named Kaught Looking.

The affidavit says officials found a receipt for alcohol from American Social Bar & Kitchen, where the trio had been before the crash.

Contributing: The Associated Press.


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