Body found in retention pond behind Publix identified

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SARASOTA - Sheriff's deputies are investigating a dead body found inside a fenced off retention pond near Potter Park.

The body was found Monday afternoon in a small retention pond next to an access road off Potter Park Drive that leads to the back of the shopping center with a Publix and Target.

Authorities say there were "no obvious signs of death" at the scene, and are working with the medical examiner to determine a cause.

The victim has been identified as Joseph M. Gorey. The death remains under investigation at this time but does not appear to be suspicious.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-1719 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS.