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Man's body found in bushes in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — An unidentified 38-year-old man was found dead Thursday morning in bushes at a business complex off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N.

A passerby discovered the man around 7 a.m. amid brush and palm trees just past 805 Executive Center Drive N, police said.

Homicide investigators and forensic crews were dispatched to the scene. A preliminary examination of the body didn't show any indications of violence, police said.

"We don't think this is a homicide, based on what we're seeing at this point," said St. Petersburg Police spokesman Mike Puetz.

It was not immediately clear how the man died, police said. The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine cause of death, police said.

The man, apparently transient, appeared to be wearing a turquoise shirt and dark pants when he was discovered.

"It's not uncommon for people who are living outside to seek shelter in foliage," Puetz said. "So that could be why he was where he was."

Through traffic along Executive Center Drive N, which connects Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N with 4th Street N, was blocked off for several hours as police scoured the scene.

Officers were still investigating the scene at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8804.

St. Petersburg Police investigators at 815 Executive Drive N study the scene where a man’s body was found Thursday morning in a wooded area.

SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg Police investigators at 815 Executive Drive N study the scene where a man’s body was found Thursday morning in a wooded area.

Man's body found in bushes in St. Petersburg 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:03pm]
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