New Port Richey police pulled a deceased man from the Cotee river near the Grand Boulevard bridge early yesterday morning. Residents reported a man floating face down in the river.
Units responded to the area of the Grand Boulevard bridge in reference to a call advising a male was possibly floating face down in the river.
At approximately the same time, School Resource Officer J. Holt was approached by a citizen who also advised he believed he saw a male face down in the river. SRO Holt responded to the Grand Boulevard bridge and visually confirmed that the male was face down and floating eastward down the river. Corporal G. Williams made contact with a resident in the area who allowed use of her boat to assist in reaching the male.
The male was removed from the river and delivered to New Port Richey Fire Department personnel who were standing by to provide medical assistance. Upon being delivered to Fire Department personnel no signs of life were detected and the male was pronounced deceased at 1048 hours.
The investigation revealed no signs of trauma to the decedent that would lead to a belief that foul play was involved. The Pasco County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and took possession of the decedent. The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy by the medical examiner but at this time the death does not appear to be a result of foul play. The decedent’s next of kin have not been located at this time.
Police say that finding the man was not related to the vehicle that crashed into the river on Saturday.