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Fisherman found dead in Putnam County

7:59 PM, Jun 10, 2012   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- A fisherman's body was found near the Rodman Reservoir Sunday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said William H. Westmoreland, 71, of Interlachen was fishing in the Ocklawaha River.

Joy Hill with the FWC said a witness spotted Westmoreland's empty jon boat around 8 a.m. Sunday. It was anchored downstream from the Rodman Reservoir.

Westmoreland's truck and boat trailer were at the boat ramp.

FWC, deputies, and authorities from the Department of Environmental Protection started searching for Westmoreland.

A dive team found his body around 1:30 p.m Sunday.

Hancel Woods with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said it's unclear how Westmoreland fell from his boat. He either had a medical situation or it was an accident.

Hill with FWC said foul play is not suspected.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Westmoreland was not wearing a life jacket, according to the FWC.

Bad weather is not expected to have played a role in Westmoreland's death.  Woods said the bad weather moved into the area after Westmoreland was found.

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