North Port woman found dead in septic tank

Woman found dead submerged in septic tank in North Port.
Woman found dead submerged in septic tank in North Port.(WWSB)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 7:36 PM EDT
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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - A 74-year-old woman was found dead after falling through a septic tank in her front yard.

Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department remarked, “It was quickly realized that there’s this hole and she was in this hole. It’s a completely freakish type incident that you would never think would happen.”

ABC7 spoke to Martin Guffey, owner of Martin Septic Service who said there are many factors that could have contributed to the woman’s tragic death. Corrosion played a factor in this collapse of the tank.

Guffey says that there are around 2.4 million septic systems in Florida. People should have their septic tanks serviced every three to five years.

Police say this is most likely an accidental death and are continuing with their investigation. The autopsy results have yet to be released.

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