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Clearwater police: Missing Tampa fisherman's body found in Courtney Campbell Causeway waters

An investigator collects a fishing rod near the spot where Anthony Buono, 59, of Tampa was found dead Thursday morning on the south side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Clearwater police had spent much of the morning searching for Buono, who had been missing since Wednesday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Jul. 1, 2016

CLEARWATER — Police officially identified the body found in waters near the Courtney Campbell Causeway Thursday morning as missing fisherman Anthony Buono, 59.

The Town 'N Country man regularly fished on a sandbar on the north side of the bridge, police said, but his body was found on the south side of the causeway around 10:30 a.m.

Police also found his truck at the scene.

He was last heard from Wednesday at 3 p.m., police said. Officers, deputies and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for him using boats, dogs and helicopters.

Elizabeth Breen, a neighbor of Buono's, said she often see his truck across the street from her house. For the last 20 years it's been a sign that Buono was back from his construction job.

"Tony is a really hard working man," she said.

Buono would cut the grass for an elderly couple in the neighborhood, she said.

But he would also go fishing whenever he got the chance, she said, and would often fish with his brother.

"He loves to fish," she said.

Police spokesman Rob Shaw said investigators suspected no foul play in his death, but the investigation is ongoing.

Thanks to @HCSOSheriff for use of bloodhound in the search for Anthony Buono. pic.twitter.com/rhsWNWeHeK

A body has been found on the south side of the causeway. Detectives are on scene. Expect slowdowns on eastbound Courtney Campbell.

This is a developing story. Check back with tampabay.com for updates.

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