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Rescuers find canoe but not missing man

By Times Staff
Published April 12, 2005

INVERNESS - Rescuers were looking for a 47-year-old Citrus County man late Monday after residents reported hearing cries for help coming from a nearby lake.

Citrus sheriff's deputies, responding to 7712 E Pocono Drive, found a partly submerged canoe and life jackets floating in the water. The canoe belonged to a man who lived in the Lake Pocono area, about a mile north of Inverness. The man's identity was not released.

Neighbors said that at about 7 p.m. they heard a voice crying for help, according to Sheriff's Office officials.

81-year-old found dead was slain, officials say

ST. PETERSBURG - Investigators say an 81-year old man found dead in his mobile home Monday was the victim of a homicide.

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said John Joseph Quaid's daughter, Kathleen Cook, discovered the body about 2:40 p.m. His car was missing.

Neighbors said they heard knocking in the middle of the night but did not get up to investigate.

Detectives said Quaid's white 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser was involved in a hit-and-run crash at approximately 2 a.m. Monday near 121st Avenue at 121st Terrace N in Pinellas Park.

The vehicle was abandoned and later recovered at the Shadow Run Apartment Complex at 12001 Belcher Road S.

Deputies are investigating and ask anyone with information to contact Sgt. Mike Madden at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

[Last modified April 12, 2005, 01:24:13]

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