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Men found dead in Clearwater pond identified

CLEARWATER — Two Dunedin brothers were found dead in a small pond at Prospect Lake Park in downtown Clearwater Thursday morning after floating there for at least a day, Clearwater police say.

Moises Hernandez-Ramos, 20, and Raul Hernandez-Ramos, 29, were found about 9:15 a.m. by a passing bicyclist who called police, said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. An initial autopsy did not reveal what killed the men, and no serious injuries could be found on either victim.

James Fisher, who lives in the area, said he was riding his bicycle to the post office when he saw what appeared to be a person's head floating in the water. Fisher said he then noticed a second body floating chest high and facing upward.

"I thought it was a Halloween joke or something," Fisher said. "I grabbed a fellow who was walking by and asked him to take a look. I just wanted to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me."

Fisher said he then called police.

"It didn't look like they had been in there all that long," Fisher said. "Their bodies were not bloated."

Watts said decomposition testing showed the two men had been in the water for at least a day. Officers plan to reveal the cause of death after further testing.

Raul Hernandez-Ramos was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing later in the month for a possession of cocaine charge.

Police ask that anyone with information call the Clearwater Police Department tip line at (727) 562-4422.

Men found dead in Clearwater pond identified 10/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 9:23am]
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