May 21, 2013

Man’s body identified; no foul play suspected

The man whose body was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key on Sunday was identified Monday using fingerprints as 55 year old Mark Parent of Ensoburg, Vermont. Good Samaritans located the body and called the U.S. Coast Guard Sunday morning.

Earlier in the morning, two people fishing from the Channel 2 bridge told Sheriff’s dispatchers they saw a man floating under the bridge, yelling for help. They tried to throw him a rope but were unsuccessful at rescuing him. A search by water and air ensued, but failed to find him.

Detectives believe Parent was the man seen floating under the bridge. His Chevrolet Tahoe was found parked at the bridge with his belongings inside.

There was no evidence of foul play on his body. Detectives say they believe the death to be accidental.

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