Man, 85, found dead in waters near Manatee's Emerson Point

MANATEE - The body of an 85-year-old man who appeared to have been fishing was recovered from the waters off Emerson Point this morning, according to the Manatee County. Investigators said nothing was suspicious about the case.

The deceased man was identified as Milton Dale Fruchey.

A man called authorities after he had waded out to retrieve a cooler floating about 50 feet west of Emerson Point in Tampa Bay. He pulled Fruchey's body to shore and called 911 about 10:19 a.m.

The told investigators that other people had seen seen the cooler - but not the body - about 9:30 a.m. east of Emerson Point in the Manatee River, according to the sheriff's office.

Fruchey, who was wearing wading boots and sunglasses, was carrying his driver's license in his shirt pocket, secured by a safety pin, and his vehicle was found near the Indian mound in Emerson Point Preserve. The water access area near the car showed nothing suspicious nor was there any injury to the body, the sheriff's office said.