Deputies investigate suspicious death after body found in Banana River

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - A body was found in the Banana River late Wednesday morning south of the Pineda Causeway and authorities said they believe the circumstances are suspicious, according to officials with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

The body was found in the water by a boater around 9 a.m. and recovered by Brevard County Sheriff's Office divers around 11 a.m. The remains were collected by the medical examiner's office, BCSO spokesman Tod Goodyear said.

"Right now, we're classifying it as a suspicious death because we don't have real factors as to the how and why," Goodyear said.

Goodyear said there are no recent missing persons reports, which is why deputies think the death is suspicious.

"Our homicide unit will be working it, along with the medical examiner's office and our crime scene unit. For right now, we're very early having just recovered the body," Goodyear said.

Authorities are not revealing the gender and age of the victim or the condition the body was found in.

The Pineda Causeway passes over the Indian and Banana rivers, and runs from Melbourne to the barrier islands or Satellite Beach and Merritt Island to the mainland.

Check back for updates on this developing story. Deputies are expected to provide more information later Wednesday.

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