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Woman drowns in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A 32-year-old woman died Sunday night after police found her floating near the docks behind the Chart House hotel, 850 Bayway Blvd.

Mary Gunner, of Auburndale, was pronounced dead at Morton Plant Hospital after efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful, police said. Foul play isn't suspected, and police say alcohol appears to have been involved.

Witnesses told police Gunner and a group of friends had been drinking alcohol at the beach for most of the day and night. While the group decided to get a hotel room, police say Gunner insisted on hanging out alone by the docks.

When friends couldn't find her later in the evening, they reported Gunner missing. Authorities are awaiting toxicology results and an autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Woman drowns in Clearwater 07/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 27, 2009 11:53am]

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