EAST MANATEE -- A 55-year-old woman was found dead in a private swimming pool about 9:15 a.m. Friday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and county emergency medical services.
The investigation is ongoing in the drowning of Isabel Wetz in the 3000 block of 73rd Street East. The homicide unit was on scene.
The private pool on a residential property was within a rundown screened lanai. Deputies said Wetz's live-in boyfriend found her floating face down in the pool in the morning, but an exact time of death was not listed.
The boyfriend told police Wetz went to sleep Thursday night while he stayed up watching TV. He went looking for her in the morning and found her in the pool, according to the release. He tried to revive her but was unsuccessful.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said Wetz and her boyfriend have been together "a long time."
Family members were gathered around the home. Deputies brought chairs outside and family members hugged and cried throughout the morning as the house was closed for the investigation.