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Man's body found floating off Port Richey pier

A Port Richey police officer places a sheet over the body of a man who was floating under a pier beside the Whiskey River Sports Grill. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

BILL STEVENS | Times

A Port Richey police officer places a sheet over the body of a man who was floating under a pier beside the Whiskey River Sports Grill. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

PORT RICHEY — A woman collecting bait for fishing discovered the body of a man floating near a pier in the Pithlachascotee River about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Pam Bunton, 51, said she had just walked to the river's edge when she saw the body under a public pier beside the Whiskey River Sports Grill.

"I was looking over the edge for a place to set my bait trap," Bunton said. "I didn't get that far."

The Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner removed the body and will determine cause of death.

The man's name will be released after the medical examiner confirms his identity and authorities notify his next of kin.

Port Richey Police Chief Dave Brown said there didn't appear to be any obvious signs of trauma to the body.

"We don't see any foul play of any type at the moment," Brown said. "But it's an open investigation."

Bunton, who lives nearby, said she comes to the pier twice a week.

"The tide is out," she said, "so I wasn't going to do anything but catch bait and go someplace else. I don't think I'll go fishing today."

The pier is across the river from the popular Catches Waterfront Grille, just off U.S. 19.

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