Update: Machete Attack & Man Found Dead on Boot Key Related; Man Identified

A Boot Key Harbor liveaboard who was seriously hurt after she told investigators she was attacked by a machete-wielding man on Thursday knew the suspect, who was found dead in Boot Key Friday morning floating in the mangroves. He was identified as Gustavo Torna Aguado, 58, who was also a liveaboard in the harbor.

Crystal Marie Young, 45, was airlifted shortly after she was found on a 27-foot sailboat anchored in Boot Key Harbor near Boot Key Bridge in Marathon about 9 p.m. with serious injuries, including many deep cuts to her hands, arms, head, chest and elsewhere. Her eyes were swollen shut. Young was found by a neighboring liveaboard who took her to his boat and called 911.

A machete was found on Young’s boat as well as a large amount of blood in multiple places on the boat. She remained in stable condition at a Miami hospital on Tuesday.

Deputies, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, began searching for a male suspect. A dinghy with blood on it was found in the mangroves on Boot Key and was later confirmed to be Torna Aguado’s dinghy.

Detectives say Torna Aguado and Young may have dated at one time, but he did not live on Young’s boat.

The case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

More information about the case will be released as it becomes available.

Note: this story was updated on Oct. 4, 2018 to include more information about the suspect.

See also:  Boot Key: Man Found Dead Woman Survives Machete Attack

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Amber Nolan
Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today, About.com, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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