September 25, 2016

Unknown man found dead on Ramrod Key beach

The body of an unidentified man was found on a beach on Ramrod Key Saturday evening.

Detectives say there was no obvious signs of trauma on the man’s body which was found lying, on the remote strip of beach by the owner of the Ramrod Key property and some friends. The dead man had two bottles of water and a small amount of food near him when he was found.

The previous evening – Friday at 6 p.m. – deputies had responded to the area after the U.S. Coast Guard reported seeing a man on the beach in the same area waving as if to get their attention. Deputies responded to the area to look for him but were unable to find him.

The time of the Coast Guard report was also reportedly close to the time a group of migrants were found by the Coast Guard, having landed near Little Palm Island offshore of Little Torch Key, according to detectives.

It is unknown if the dead man was a Cuban migrant or if there is some other explanation for him having been found on a remote strip of beach with no vehicle nearby. The body has been turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office and detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit will be investigating and will be attempting to identify the dead man.

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