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Body in canal near St. Petersburg identified as Dunedin teen

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities have identified a young man whose body was found in a canal Monday in an unincorporated area of the city.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the body was that of Manuel Vivanco, 17, of Dunedin.

Vivanco's body was found by a passer-by on the south side of the Jacaranda Retirement Home, 4250 56th St. N. He was wearing a soccer-style uniform with tan shirt and shorts, both with yellow or gold stripes, along with socks, but no shoes.

Detectives don't believe the teen's death was suspicious. The body appears to have been in the water about two days, sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said they were able to determine that a missing person's report had been filed about the young man. Detectives contacted the man's family, who identified the body.

The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office has completed an autopsy, but has not released a cause of death. Officials are waiting on toxicology results.

Body in canal near St. Petersburg identified as Dunedin teen 04/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:55pm]
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