Boat That Struck and Killed 15-Year-Old Fla. Ballerina Found, Authorities Say

Authorities are one step closer to learning more about 15-year-old Ella Adler's death

Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 07:31:05 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 07:31:05

Authorities are one step closer to learning more about 15-year-old Ella Adler's death.

Ella died on Saturday, May 11, after being hit by a boat while waterskiing near Nixon Beach in Key Biscayne, Fla., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said in a previous statement.

The FWS noted that the "center console boat with a light blue hull" and "multiple white outboard motors" had fled the scene and asked for any witnesses to come forward.

On Tuesday, the FWC announced in a news release and on Instagram that a vessel "that fits the description" is now in their custody.

According to WTVJ, the boat was "docked behind a house in the Hammock Oaks neighborhood in southwest Miami-Dade." Although the boat owner's identity has not been released, the FWC said that "the owner of the vessel is cooperating with the investigation."

The FWC added that "while significant progress has been made, this investigation remains open; the public’s assistance is still needed."

FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto called the teenage ballerina's death a "great loss this Mother’s Day weekend."

"As Chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, I would like to thank all our officers and those from various law enforcement agencies who have worked and continue to work tirelessly on t -

his investigation. The FWC and its officers have called in additional resources from other parts of the state and have worked around the clock to find the vessel involved in the accident," Barreto's news release statement read.

The chairman confirmed that the investigation is ongoing and said, "As a father and grandfather, my heart is broken for the Adler family."

"Ella’s death is devastating for her family, friends, and the community at large. The FWC and our partner law enforcement agencies will not stop until we have all the answers and the case is solved," his statement continued.

In her obituary, Ella is remembered as someone who "worked hard at everything she did."

"Ella shone on stage as a ballerina in the Nutcracker, appearing in over 100 performances with the Miami City Ballet at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Her magnetism radiated on the stage, where she belonged and thrived," the obituary reads, adding that Ella also performed with the Ransom Everglades dance team.

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A memorial service for Ella was held on Monday at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, Fla., per KMIZ.

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