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.
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