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Body found by canal

Palm Beach County Sher­iff’s de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing man dis­cov­ered west of Boca Ra­ton

- By Wayne K. Rous­tan Staff writer

Palm Beach County Sher­iff’s de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­cov­ery of a man’s body early Sun­day.

A fish­er­man boat­ing near the 19000 block of 120th Av­enue South, west of Boca Ra­ton, saw a man ly­ing near the em­bank­ment of the canal about 8 a.m., in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

He was con­cerned so he im­me­di­ately called 911 to alert deputies and fire res­cue per­son­nel. When they ar­rived they con­firmed the male was dead, of­fi­cials said.

De­tec­tives from the sher­iff ’s Vi­o­lent Crimes Di­vi­sion as well as Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tors were at the scene seek­ing to iden­tify the body and de­ter­mine the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death, au­thor­i­ties said.

The area where the body was found is on the fringe of the Ev­er­glades. Deputies blocked off Kim­berly Boule­vard at 118th Av­enue South.

The only peo­ple al­lowed to have ac­cess to the area were those who lived in the large homes sur­rounded by horse pad­docks, sprawl­ing land­scapes and four-foot high fenc­ing.

The oc­ca­sional bi­cy­cle rider, jog­ger or passerby would stop mo­men­tar­ily out of cu­rios­ity, gaze at the pa­trol cars about 100 yards away, then con­tinue on their way.

The few who drove or walked out of the cor­doned-off area de­clined to share what they saw.

A small clus­ter of news me­dia cam­eras and ve­hi­cles lined the gravel road that runs par­al­lel to the slimy green canal along Old Ev­er­glades Pump Road.

No spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about the dead man, any pos­si­ble sus­pect or a mo­tive was avail­able Sun­day af­ter­noon.

 ?? WAYNE K. ROUS­TAN/STAFF ?? A fish­er­man boat­ing near the 19000 block of 120th Av­enue South in Boca called po­lice af­ter see­ing a man ly­ing near the em­bank­ment of a canal about 8 a.m., in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.
WAYNE K. ROUS­TAN/STAFF A fish­er­man boat­ing near the 19000 block of 120th Av­enue South in Boca called po­lice af­ter see­ing a man ly­ing near the em­bank­ment of a canal about 8 a.m., in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

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