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St. Petersburg police identify man found in canal

ST. PETERSBURG — Police on Wednesday identified the man whose body was found floating in an inlet the day before.

Joseph Theodore Galotta, 73, was living on a boat in Boca Ciega Bay until he was found Tuesday afternoon, according to St. Petersburg police. His last known address was 2838 Sunset Blvd. in Belleair Bluffs.

His body was spotted near the 4400 block of 46th Avenue S by someone walking their dog around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Galotta appears to have been in the water for 12 to 24 hours before his discovery, police said.

Police said they recovered a dinghy in the water near his boat. While there's nothing linking Galotta to the dinghy, they can be used to travel between the boat and shore. Police also located his boat, but said nothing was amiss onboard.

Police surmise that Galotta could have been trying to get back to his boat during poor weather when something went wrong.

There is no evidence of foul play, police said. The cause of his death is still being determined by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office.

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St. Petersburg police identify man found in canal 12/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 4:17pm]
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