Fishermen find body in Marco Island canal

Witness who saw body pulled from water says dead man's nose was bloody

— 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.

Return to or later for more on this developing story.

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34145 writes:

My gosh, Marco News... Please respect this man enough to at least re-read what you have written.... How can someone say they saw blood on his nose when this man was found face down???? Please read what you have allowed to be posted.

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