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Body in Hernando Beach canal identified as 80-year-old woman from neighborhood

HERNANDO BEACH — A body found Sunday floating in a canal that runs along Hermosa Boulevard has been identified as Mildred Horner, 80, officials said.

A jogger discovered the body just after noon Sunday and alerted authorities.

Hernando County Sheriff's deputies canvassing the neighborhood found an unsecured home at 3320 Gardenia Drive and the homeowner was missing. Neighbors said Horner was last seen working in her yard on Saturday.

Positive identification was made through dental records, medical records and jewelry.

The Medical Examiner's Office said that numerous medical issues could have led to Horner's accidental drowning.

No foul play was suspected.

Hermosa Boulevard runs about half a mile in the marshy far western side of the county, with a series of canals on each side of the road before it ends at the Gulf of Mexico.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or at (352) 754-6120.

Body in Hernando Beach canal identified as 80-year-old woman from neighborhood 08/18/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:30pm]
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