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Autopsy: Teen found in St. Pete canal accidentally drowned

Published Jul. 11, 2013

A teen found dead in Joe's Creek in April had drowned accidentally, an autopsy report revealed Wednesday.

Manuel Vivanco, 17, of Dunedin, was found in the canal in an unincorporated area of St. Petersburg. He was known to use drugs, according to the report, and had left an addiction and mental health facility several days before his death.

An autopsy by the medical examiner found over-the-counter cough and cold suppressant drugs in his system. The medical examiner determined the drugs were a contributing condition in the death.

A passerby driving a golf cart in April spotted Vivanco's body on the south side of the Jacaranda Retirement Home, 4250 56th St. N. At the time, he was wearing a soccer-style uniform with a tan shirt and shorts, both with yellow or gold stripes, along with socks, but no shoes.

A missing person's report had been filed. His family identified his body.

A 56-year-old woman was found dead in the same canal a week later, but authorities said the deaths were unrelated. Autopsy results for Susan Janet Hendricks, of St. Petersburg, are still pending.