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Man's decomposed body washes ashore

Investigators did not release details of how the man died, but Tampa police are calling it "an obvious homicide."

Published January 10, 2006

TAMPA - A man's decomposed body washed ashore behind a concrete manufacturing business south of Gandy Boulevard Tuesday morning, and police say the evidence points to murder.

Investigators did not release details of how the man died, but Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said detectives are calling it "an obvious homicide."

The body has been in the water for several days and is so decomposed, police cannot tell the man's age. But he is a white male with dark-colored hair, McElroy said. He was wearing black carpenter pants and a red long-sleeved plaid shirt.

Police sent the body to the medical examiner for further examination, and detectives and dive team member spent Tuesday morning wading through murky ankle-deep water in search of evidence.

Employees of Standard Concrete Products, 5801 W Commerce St. near Picnic Island Park, discovered the body shortly after arriving at work.

But another employee told investigators he saw something floating in the water at lunchtime Monday. He got off work after dark that night and waded through the water to get closer to the floating object, McElroy said.

He told police he saw hair floating above the water and thought it was a dead dog, so he left it there and went back to shore.

By the time workers returned Tuesday, the body had come ashore, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (813) 276-3200.

[Last modified January 10, 2006, 16:11:09]

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