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Date of Issue: July 16, 2008

Sheriff investigating death

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Tampa man whose body was found near Seagrape Lane in Anna Maria July 11.

A report from the MCSO said that there were no signs of trauma in the death of Chester Delvalle, 77, of Tampa, but that an autopsy would be performed.

Delvalle apparently took a daily walk into the Gulf of Mexico, usually wading into waste-deep water.

On July 11 at about 5:45 p.m., Delvalle’s sister-in-law and a family friend saw him walking the beach.

At about 6 p.m., Delvalle was found floating in the water by his brother and a neighbor.

The two men attempted to revive Delvalle. So did emergency rescue personnel, who rushed the man to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

Delvalle was later pronounced dead.

“Nothing suspicious and no signs of trauma were observed to the victim,” stated an incident report from the MCSO.