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Missing St. Petersburg man found dead off Anna Maria

Bang Quoc Luong, 35, of St. Petersburg was discovered by boaters between Anna Maria Island and the Sunshine Skyway on Saturday.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Bang Quoc Luong, 35, of St. Petersburg was discovered by boaters between Anna Maria Island and the Sunshine Skyway on Saturday.

ANNA MARIA — A missing 35-year-old man with schizophrenia was found dead in the water near the Sunshine Skyway bridge over the weekend.

Boaters found the body of Bang Quoc Luong, 35, between Anna Maria Island and the bridge Saturday.

He had been missing since Nov. 7, when Pinellas County deputies said he walked away from his home on 58th Avenue N.

Luong, who suffered from schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations, had a history of wandering off, family members said, but he usually came home. When family members could not find him at the places he usually visited, they grew concerned, deputies said.

Luong was not on his medications at the time of his disappearance, officials said.

Manatee County deputies said there was no sign of foul play. Because Luong's body was in advanced stages of decomposition, it is likely he had been in the water for days before the sailors discovered him, said Manatee Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow. The boaters pulled him from the water and took him to the Kingfish boat ramp in Holmes Beach, where they were met by authorities.

It was not clear how Luong ended up as far south as Manatee County, officials said.

An autopsy is being performed.

Missing St. Petersburg man found dead off Anna Maria 11/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:15pm]
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