CLEARWATER — Two brothers from Dunedin found dead in a small pond in October were intoxicated and drowned, officials say.
The Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner determined that the cause of death for both men — 29-year-old Raul Hernandez-Ramos and 20-year-old Moises Hernandez-Ramos — was drowning with alcohol as a contributing factor.
Blunt head trauma also was considered a contributing factor in the death of Raul Hernandez-Ramos because of small scrapes and lacerations found on his mouth and cheek during an autopsy.
But the injuries were too minor to be considered a cause of death and there was no indication of foul play or criminal activity, according to Clearwater police.
After the two bodies were discovered at Prospect Lake Park in downtown Clearwater on Oct. 1 by a passing bicyclist, investigators found Raul's clothes and several empty beer cans on the bank of the pond, Clearwater police said.
Raul Hernandez-Ramos had a blood alcohol level of 0.198 and Moises Hernandez-Ramos had a blood alcohol level of 0.242. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent is the threshold at which Florida law presumes that someone is unable to drive a motor vehicle safely.
An investigation is ongoing. Clearwater police ask that anyone with information call the department tip line at (727) 562-4422.