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Woman found dead in St. Pete canal had drowned accidentally

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman found dead in a canal in April had drowned accidentally, an autopsy report revealed Wednesday.

A nurse at the Jacaranda Manor nursing facility, 4250 66th St. N, spotted the body of Susan Janet Hendricks, 56, in the canal on the south side of the building and pulled her out of the water.

Hendricks' shopping cart was found nearby with her wallet and two empty bottles of vodka. Alcohol intoxication was found to be a contributing factor in her death, according to an autopsy by the medical examiner.

At the time, her boyfriend David Duggan — who she lived with in a mobile home park a half mile away — said he believed Hendricks stopped for a drink on the way home from shopping at Publix and accidentally fell into the water.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning and does not suspect foul play, deputies said.

Ten days earlier, authorities found 17-year-old Manuel Vivanco's body in the same canal. The accidental deaths by drowning were unrelated, authorities said. An autopsy found over-the-counter cough and cold suppressant drugs in Vivanco's system.

Woman found dead in St. Pete canal had drowned accidentally 07/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:01pm]
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