Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Homeless man who died in Largo in May was drunk and drowned in ditch

LARGO — A medical examiner's report released Tuesday shows that a homeless man whose body was found in a drainage ditch in early May was drunk when he drowned.

Ronald Scott Holmes, 43, was found dead near 14840 49th St. N, just south of the Bayside Bridge, around 7:40 a.m. May 4. Holmes was found on his side in about a foot and a half of water with his head and upper body in a drainage pipe, according to the report.

Holmes was a transient who had been a client of Pinellas Safe Harbor, the homeless shelter for nonviolent offenders near the Pinellas County Jail, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

He had been released from the jail less than 48 hours before his body was found, after an arrest on a charge of failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor, according to Pinellas court records.

According to the report, Holmes was a chronic alcoholic. Alcohol intoxication was listed as a contributing cause to his death.

Holmes had a lengthy criminal history of burglary, theft and dealing in stolen property arrests dating back to 1990. In recent years, he racked up a string of misdemeanor arrests on charges related to drinking alcohol in public and panhandling.

Homeless man who died in Largo in May was drunk and drowned in ditch 08/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Video: Rays Souza on that oh-so-bad dive, and reaction from Twins fans


    What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking when he made that oh-so-bad dive for a ball in the seventh inning Friday? Well, we'll let him tell you ...

  2. What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking on that comically bad dive?


    What could Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. been thinking in the seventh inning Friday when he dove for a ball and came up yards short?

    Actually, he insisted after all the laughing, teasing and standing ovation from the Twins fans was done, it was a matter of self-preservation.

  3. Judge tosses life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo


    McLEAN, Va. — A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia's most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.

    A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for D.C. sniper shooter Lee Boyd Malvo. [Associated Press, 2004]
  4. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser, dies


    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, participates in Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on March 5, 2009, in Washington, D.C. [Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]
  5. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win


    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.