November 3, 2011

Man found dead in the water at Stock Island marina

A Vero Beach man was found floating in the water at a marina off of Front Street, Stock Island today. His death does not appear to involve any type of foul play, according to detectives.

50 year old John Windhaus was last seen Wednesday night at the Hogfish Restaurant. He was in the Florida Keys on board an 80 foot research vessel called “Thunderforce”. The vessel had docked behind Fishbusterz fish house for a couple of days; they were on their way home to Fort Pierce, but stopped due to weather conditions.

Crew members told Detective Manny Cuervo Windhaus went to Hogfish for dinner, then stayed to play pool and have a few drinks. The captain told Detective Cuervo he went to check on Windhaus at 9:30 p.m. and encouraged him to return to the boat. At 11 p.m., when the crew was getting ready to go to sleep, he still had not returned.

At 8 a.m., a crew member went on deck and looked into the water. He saw Windhaus floating face up, dead, between the steel hulled boat and the concrete dock. Detective Cuervo said it appears he may have fallen in while attempting to climb on board the vessel. An initial inspection of his body did not reveal any signs of foul play. The Medical Examiner will be doing an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

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