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Man found dead in Wildwood, deputies say

Death being investigated as homicide, deputies say

WILDWOOD, Fla. – A 61-year-old man was found dead in Wildwood on Saturday, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. 

Michael Majed Kotait of Winter Garden was found dead in the yard of 9915 County Road 231 in Wildwood on Saturday morning, deputies said. For more than 15 hours, deputies along with the Medical Examiner's Office collected evidence at the property and in the road. 

Just prior to Kotait's body being discovered, a vehicle registered to his name was found submerged in the water at the Lake Deaton Boat Ramp, deputies said. The boat ramp is about 10 miles away from where Kotait's body was found. 

Deputies are investigating the incident as a homicide, despite the Medical Examiner's Office not releasing an official cause of death. 

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please call 352-793-2621