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Elderly woman drowns in East Lake pool

EAST LAKE — An 83-year-old woman drowned in a pool at a home in the Briarwyck section of Tarpon Woods, according to authorities who were called to the home Friday morning.

Barbara Reid, of Edgemoor Drive, woke at 8 a.m. Friday, did a load of laundry, and told her husband, 83-year-old Joseph Reid, she was taking a dip in their pool, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

At about 9 a.m., he discovered her floating face down in the water and called 911. Firefighters from East Lake responded, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident does not appear suspicious and was likely an accident, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. She said the medical examiner will determine whether any health conditions contributed to the drowning.

Peter Jamison can be reached at pjamison@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4157.

Elderly woman drowns in East Lake pool 07/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 6:58pm]

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