MANATEE — A man found dead this week floating in a pond has been identified as 36-year-old Manuel Nix Ventura, of Bradenton, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Ventura’s body was discovered by a maintenance man cutting grass at Bayshore on the Lake condos in the 3800 block of Lake Bayshore Drive on Wednesday morning.
Investigators do not suspect foul play in Ventura’s death and were able to identify him through his fingerprints, said Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow.
Authorities were still awaiting the results of a toxicology report, he said.
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It’s unclear why Ventura was at the lake near the condos where he was not listed as a resident.
“Unfortunately, he may be the only person who can answer that,” Bristow said.
Investigators believe Ventura’s body was in the water for approximately 12 hours before it was discovered.