Detectives say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man offshore of Rockland Key Saturday.
Deputy Kim Trullender responded to a report of a body in the water on the gulf side at the 9 mile marker of Highway U.S. One at 1 p.m. Saturday. When he arrived he met with two men who’d found the victim. They said they were snorkeling when they saw the body just offshore.
The body was a 52 year old white male wearing cut off shorts. He had a snorkel, fins and a mask on, as if he’d been snorkeling when he died. He was identified after his wallet, social security card, credit cards and some check stubs belonging to him were found nearby. It appeared he may have been camping in that area. Deputy Trullender found a tent, cooking utensils, a cooler and a fire pit in the area, along with a large pile of empty beer cans and a yellow bicycle. Detectives say out of concern for the man’s family they will release his identity to the public after they notify his next of kin.
There were no obvious signs of foul play and Detective Manny Cuervo said the death is most likely due to an accident or to natural causes. The body was turned over to the Medical Examiner, however, to determine the specific cause of death.