ST. PETERSBURG — A body found in a stand of mangroves along the Gandy Causeway appears to be that of a suicide victim, Pinellas County sheriff's officials say.
The body of John P. McDade, of 3813 N Oak Drive No. F-21 in Tampa, was found about noon Thursday in a stand of mangroves along the northeast side of the causeway.
Detectives say the body was near the water's edge just before the bridge approach. It was not in plain view. They said the body has been there about 24 hours.
A photo album and at least one prescription pill bottle were found near the body. Family members told detectives that McDade, 50, had been struggling with depression for some time.
The Pinellas County Medical Examiner will determine the actual cause and manner of death after an autopsy.