76-year-old Hollywood, Fla., man pronounced dead at Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach on Aug. 27

Cause of death could have been drowning, Sheriff’s Office says, though autopsy results awaited

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the potential drowning of a 76-year-old man on Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach on Aug. 27, the agency has announced.

Just before noon that day, deputies were called to the 1000 block of Seaside Drive at Crescent Beach, on the southern part of the Key, in regard to a report of a drowning, a news release explains. Paramedics also responded, joining the deputies in attempting to render aid, the release adds. However, the victim died on the scene.

Detectives identified the victim as Francisco Telesforo Campos La Nuez, 76, of Hollywood, Fla. Next of kin has been notified, the release says.

“It is unknown at this time if the victim’s death is medical in nature” or the result of drowning, the release points out. “Detectives do not believe there is any foul play involved,” it adds.

Saturday was marked by intermittent storms in the area, which could have produced rougher swimming conditions. Additionally, no Sarasota County lifeguards are stationed on Crescent Beach.

As with every death investigation, the Sheriff’s Office will await the report from the District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office, following an autopsy, the release says.

Calini Beach Club is located in the 1000 block of Seaside Drive, an online search shows. However, numerous condominium complexes are in that same general vicinity. The news release did not provide any information where Campos La Nuez was staying on the Key.

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