MANASOTA KEY, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say the body of a 61-year-old diver reported missing has been found.

News outlets report James E. Little's body was found in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon. Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kaitlyn Perez says Little was reported missing Thursday morning. He had been diving near Manasota Key with two friends.

A department release says multiple agencies assisted in the search, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Venice fire and police departments and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

It says Little's cause of death is pending an autopsy by a medical examiner. The investigation into his death is ongoing.