Divers retrieve body of man who jumped in Anclote River

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office dive team has recovered a body of man who jumped in the Anclote River earlier this morning.

Authorities have not released the name of the man, who was in his 50s. They need to confirm his identity and notify next of kin, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

"We think we know who it is," Doll said.

According to the friend who called authorities, the man had been smoking crack cocaine when he became paranoid that law enforcement was after him, Doll said. The man jumped into the river near 3547 Elfers Parkway.

The friend called 911 about 6:20 a.m., Doll said.

The dive team arrived about 9 a.m. to search for the man. Doll said it took some time to mobilize everyone needed for the search.

The man's body was recovered about 9:30 a.m., Doll said.

Divers retrieve body of man who jumped in Anclote River 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 2:16pm]

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