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Man's body found floating in North Tampa pond

The body of a man who had been battling unspecified mental health issues was found floating in a pond in North Tampa Wednesday after wandering from his home days earlier, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Gary W. Tozzi, 62, was found in a retention pond near where he lived at 1222 E 138th Ave.

Tozzi lived in the home with several other roommates, the Sheriff's Office said. Tozzi's roommates last saw him walk out of the home two nights earlier while he may have been having delusions, authorities said.

The roommates did not notify authorities when Tozzi left or report him missing, the Sheriff's Office said. Tozzi previously has been diagnosed with mental illness and may not have been taking his prescribed medications, authorities said.

His body was discovered in the pond just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies and HCSO divers responded to the scene and recovered Tozzi's body, the Sheriff's Office said.

There were no visible signs of foul play following an initial on-scene exam, though an official cause of death has not yet been determined and the investigation continues, the Sheriff's Office said.

Man's body found floating in North Tampa pond 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9:16pm]
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