October 19, 2011

Man’s body found offshore of Wisteria Island

The body of a man was found offshore of Wisteria Island this morning. It is believed to be the body of the man who went missing on the evening of the 17th.

The crew from a salvage vessel spotted the body on the gulf-side of Wisteria Island in about five feet of water this morning at about 9 a.m. They notified the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard called the Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Manny Cuervo went out on a Coast Guard vessel and retrieved the body. The recovered body is believed to be that of missing man 42 year old Donald Roller; Roller lived on board a boat in Key West harbor with his girlfriend,  42 year old Beverly Anderson. An initial examination of the body did not reveal an obvious cause of death. The Medical Examiner will be performing an autopsy in an attempt to determine what killed Roller.

Anderson told Detective Mark Coleman she and Roller argued on Monday night; she said she decided to leave the boat, but couldn’t get the engine on their dinghy started. She said Roller got into the dinghy and started it for her. He got back on the boat and she motored a short distance away, but the engine quit again. She said she heard him ask if she wanted him to swim over and help; she saw him jump in, but the dinghy was drifting toward Wisteria Island, so she rowed to the island. She said she lost sight of him and didn’t see what happened after he jumped in the water.

Detective Coleman is investigating the case.

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