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.
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.