The body of missing Nocatee resident David Berlin reportedly was found at 11 a.m. Friday in the Nocatee area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff’s office reported they will now “continue as an active death investigation.”
The 67-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening after his daughter said he had gone for a walk in the Timberland Ridge subdivision and never came back.
Melissa Bauer, daughter of David Belin, posted on Facebook’s Nocatee Community group page asking for help.
“My Dad went for a walk at 1:50 pm out of Timberland Ridge and has not returned (5:40 pm)!!,” Bauer said. “Has anyone seen him?? His name is David Berlin. He could have passed out or possibly had a seizure.”
Although the Sheriff’s Office posted via Facebook that Berlin had “possible medical issues,” there hasn’t been any additional information concerning the manner of death.
Berlin was the director of franchise operations with Firehouse Subs. The company issued the following statement shortly after noon Friday:
"We want to thank everyone who came together to help search for David Berlin, a beloved member of the Firehouse Subs Family for more than seven years. Our local community amazed us by banding together swiftly to help, including not only members of our own Firehouse Family, but even those who did not know David personally. We also want to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the public service agencies that worked quickly to assist in this search. It is with heavy hearts that we share David has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family and loved ones as we all mourn this loss. "
The area off straddles the county line between Duval and St. Johns County. The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.