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Body of missing Tampa man, 77, found in Hillsborough River

TAMPA

Missing man's Body is found in river

The body of a 77-year-old man who had been missing since Thursday was found Sunday morning in the Hillsborough River, police said. Richard Law, of 2313 Ridgewood Ave., disappeared from his home without his wallet or keys, Tampa police said. They said he had no history of dementia and there appeared at the time to be no signs of foul play. He was supposed to leave the next day for a cruise with his wife, police said. A dive team using sonar found his body at 11 a.m. Sunday not far from his house, between the Columbus and Boulevard bridges, police said. The Medical Examiner will conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of death. An investigation is ongoing.

DELRAY BEACH

2 shoppers killed in armed robbery

Authorities say two customers at a South Florida grocery store were shot and killed by two masked men with semiautomatic handguns. Delray Beach Police say two men with bandannas over their faces opened fire early Sunday inside Community Market. Two customers were shot. According to police, the men then demanded cash from the register and then fled the store. It wasn't immediately clear how much money they took. Police said one customer died at the scene and the other died at a hospital. Neither victim has been identified. Police told the Sun Sentinel that the robbery is similar to one that took place two blocks away Saturday.

KEY WEST

Nonstop flights now to N.Y., D.C.

Two commercial airlines have begun nonstop seasonal service between Key West and the Northeast. Fire trucks, a red carpet and a man blowing a conch shell greeted passengers stepping off Delta Air Lines and U.S. Airways flights Saturday at Key West International Airport. Delta is offering flights from New York's LaGuardia Airport daily through Jan. 5. Those flights also will run each Saturday from March 2 through April 6. Key West airport officials say the 1,211-mile flight is the longest commercial route ever to serve the city. U.S. Airways flights from Washington's Reagan National Airport are being offered once daily through Jan. 5. Those flights will continue each Saturday through April. Southwest will begin daily service between New Orleans and Key West on March 9.

GAINESVILLE

Therapy horses on way to Conn.

Miniature horses from Florida are on their way to comfort the residents of a grieving Connecticut town. Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses said four small horses will work with children, families and first responders in Newtown, Conn. Garcia-Bengochea told the Gainesville Sun that other organizations working in the aftermath of the Dec. 13 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School asked the Gainesville charity to join them. The horses have worked with at-risk children and in schools, hospitals and hospice programs. A Newtown horse farm is providing stalls and pastures for the horses when they're not working. They'll spend their nights in a heated horse ambulance.

Times staff, wires

Body of missing Tampa man, 77, found in Hillsborough River 12/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 10:41pm]
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