Body found floating in Indian River near Cocoa


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Cocoa police are investigating the discovery of a body spotted floating in the Indian River, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The body was found after a search that began about noon Monday with a call from a boater. The boater told authorities that he saw what appeared to be human remains - in clothes - floating near the Humbert Humphrey Causeway.

Several rescue boats canvassed the area.

The body was found at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Brevard County deputies on Tuesday said the body was identified as 19-year-old Zachary Stickle of Cocoa.

“It was near the Cocoa Library. Right now we don’t have a cause or manner of death,” said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Cocoa Police Department. 

Stickle's body had no obvious signs of trauma or foul play. He was also in possession of his personal property.


An autopsy will be conducted to determine Stickle's cause of death.

Anyone with information about Stickle is asked to call Agent Jennifer Straight of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office at 321-633-8413 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).