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Authorities identify Pasco man, 71, found in pond

NEW PORT RICHEY

Authorities have released the name of a 71-year-old man found dead in a pond Sunday morning.

Joseph Garcia was found in a pond near his home at 4440 Devon Drive in Millpond Estates in New Port Richey a little after 7 a.m.

Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, said Garcia had a history of being confused and forgetful. Investigators are waiting for the Medical Examiner's office to determine cause of death, though Doll said "at this point, it looks like a drowning."

Doll said Garcia's wife woke at 1:30 a.m. and noticed he wasn't in bed, but thought he might have been puttering around in the garage, as he often did. Garcia's son found him in the pond Sunday morning.

Authorities identify Pasco man, 71, found in pond 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 2:34pm]

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