Former Auburn Basketball Player’s Body Found on Beach in Florida

Former Auburn University basketball player Korvotney Barber is believed to have drowned in a riptide after his body was found on a beach yesterday in Florida, according to police. He was 26.

Barber was reported missing the evening of July 20 while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach Chief of Police Drew Whitman said today in a telephone interview. His body was discovered yesterday around 3:30 p.m. local time about 100 yards from where he entered the water, Whitman said.

Police believe Barber drowned and do not suspect foul play, Whitman said. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy this week to determine the official cause of death.

“The Auburn family remembers Vot as a relentless competitor with the heart of a champion,” Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said in a statement on the school’s athletics website. “More importantly, those who knew him best remember him as a caring father who deeply loved his children and his family.”

A former McDonald’s All-American from Manchester, Georgia, Barber averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game with the Tigers from 2005-2009. He later played professionally in France, Turkey and Switzerland, the website said.

The beaches were flying double red flags when Barber went swimming, Whitman said, which means the water is closed to the public because of the dangerous undertow and rip current. Search and rescue efforts, including helicopter fly-overs and the department’s marine unit, were unable to find Barber the evening he went missing or yesterday morning.

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