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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Pinellas sheriff needs help to identify body found in canal

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Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance to identify a man’s body found in a canal in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Detectives in the Robbery/Homicide Unit are investigating the body that was found by a passer-by on the south side of the Jacaranda Retirement Home, 4250 56th St. N., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The man is believed to have been Hispanic or biracial and in his early to mid-20s. The man was about 5-foot-7, weighed about 150 pounds and had short hair, the sheriff’s office said.

The body was wearing a soccer-style uniform, according to the sheriff’s office. The shirt is a tan V-neck style, with yellow or gold stripes on the shoulders. The shirt has the letters "BWIN" on the front, and "REAL MADRID" on the back of the collar. The shorts are also tan, with a yellow or gold stripe on the side. He was wearing socks, but no shoes.

Detectives say the body may have been in the water for about two days. They added that the incident is not believed to be suspicious.

Anyone with information on the body is asked to contact Sgt. Rob Snipes of the Robbery/Homicide Unit at (727) 582-6200.

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