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Clearwater woman wakes up to discover husband's body floating in pool

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater woman awoke Wednesday morning to discover her husband had died while she slept in what authorities believe was an accidental drowning in the couple's pool.

Steven Kwalick, 49, was last seen by his wife when she went to bed at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. At that time, he was in the hot tub at their home at 2242 Manor Court.

He was in the habit of taking a dip in the pool afterward to cool off, the woman told investigators.

At 7 a.m., Kwalick's wife — who was not identified by the Sheriff's Office — woke up to discover her husband was not in the room with her. She ventured outside and found him faceup in the pool, then sought help from a neighbor.

Clearwater Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Kwalick dead at 7:10 a.m.

An investigation into Kwalick's death is under way, officials said. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause.

Peter Jamison can be reached at pjamison@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4157.

Clearwater woman wakes up to discover husband's body floating in pool 05/09/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 4:20pm]
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