MARCO ISLAND — Marco Island police say they have identified the 30-year-old Guatemalan man whose body was found Saturday afternoon in an island canal.
However, the next of kin hasn’t been located yet, so his name isn’t being released, Marco Island police Lt. Matt Goetz said Saturday evening.
The man worked and resided on Marco Island, Goetz said.
A cause of death hasn’t been released.
Jerry Volz, 61, who resides with his friend on Hernando and Kendall drives, said he saw the body floating face down while fishing from a neighbor’s vacant house Saturday.
Volz said when the body was pulled out of the water, the man’s nose was bloody.
Volz and his friend made the call to police to report seeing the body in the canal shortly before 3 p.m.
Among concerned neighbors was Mark Doyle.
Since the house at 209 Hernando Drive has been vacant since April, Doyle said it has become common for one or two men to use it as a fishing location just about every night.
Doyle said he had no idea if the man found Saturday was one of the men who frequent the house to fish.
The Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene mid-afternoon Saturday and took the body away for an autopsy.
No further information was immediately released by authorities.