Body of man pulled from Siesta Key canal is identified

A man found in a canal on Siesta Key in Sarasota County on Sunday has been identified as 41-year-old Robert Chittenden of Sarasota.

Chittenden, who lived in the 5200 block of Herons Way in The Landings, apparently told someone he was going swimming, but was later found floating in the canal, near channel marker 72 on Siesta Key, about 7 p.m. the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

There were no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, the sheriff’s office report stated.

Deputies also found some of Chittenden’s belongings in a pavilion near marker 74, which is at the end of a nature walk across from his home.