Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Body found in Hernando Beach canal

HERNANDO BEACH — Authorities were trying to identify a body found Sunday in a canal that runs along Hermosa Boulevard in Hernando Beach.

A jogger discovered the body just after noon and alerted the authorities. The body was so badly decomposed that investigators are having a difficult time identifying it.

"Apparently, it's so decomposed they can't tell if it's a male or a female," said Lt. Cinda Moore, a spokeswoman with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. "We do know that it's a Caucasian. But that's about all we know right now."

Moore said a cause of death had not been determined. Sunday afternoon, investigators were combing the area where the body was found for clues.

Hermosa Boulevard runs about half a mile in the marshy far western side of the county, with a series of canals on either side of the road before it ends at the Gulf of Mexico. Moore said she wasn't sure exactly where the body was found along Hermosa.

This is the second body found in the outskirts of Hernando in as many weeks. In the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, a park ranger found a body later identified as Joseph Maiorana, 46, of Tampa on a walking trail. Investigators said Maiorana had mental health problems and there were no obvious signs of trauma. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

In January, a jogger discovered the body of a dead man in an SUV near a popular fishing spot on Bayou Drive in far west Hernando. Authorities later identified the man as Guy Cevetello, 43, a registered sex offender from Tampa. Investigators recovered a note and a gun inside the vehicle.

Joel Anderson can be reached at (352) 754-6120 or

Body found in Hernando Beach canal 08/16/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 6:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Evening update: Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic, second wave follows


    UPDATE: At 8 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  2. Trump 'beautiful statues' tweets roil Tampa Bay's own Confederate debate


    It started Thursday at 9:07 a.m., as it does so often these days, with a tweet:

    The Memoria in Aeterna Confederate monument stands in front of the old Hillsborough County Courthouse. Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 4-2 last month to move it to a private cemetery in Brandon before voting again this week to put a deadline on a public sector fundraising campaign to pay part of the cost. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Rays waste repeated opportunities in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a case for urgency before Thursday's game, in both actions and words, making significant changes to the structure of the lineup and sincere comments about time running short.

    Trevor Plouffe of the Rays reacts as he pops out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. [Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images]
  4. Spanish PM voices solidarity with Barcelona


    BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his country is mourning in solidarity with the city of Barcelona and other cities in Europe that have been hit by deadly extremist attacks.

    An injured person is treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. [Associated Press]
  5. Confederate statue: Why Bucs, Lightning, Rays took a stand


    They didn't want another Charlottesville.

    Marc Rodriguez, a member of the "Florida Fight for $15" organization, stands in protest along with other activists demanding the Confederate  monument be removed from the old Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]