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Police: Woman found in Oyster Creek believed to have drowned

Fisherman who found woman’s body says she was in very shallow part of water

Fisherman who found woman’s body says she was in very shallow part of water

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Officers with the St. Augustine Police Department said a woman’s body was found Saturday morning in the area of Oyster Creek.

The creek is off Ponce De Leon Boulevard near the intersection of King Street.

According to Officer Dee Brown, the woman died in what appears to be a drowning. The official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

Brown was not able to identify the woman.

Kevin Johnson is the man who found the body. He is a crabber who was checking his traps around 10:30 a.m., when he made the discovery in a shallow part of the creek near the shore.

“I sat there for a few seconds just to see if her stomach was moving because if she was breathing, I was going to run down there," Johnson said.

When Johnson didn’t see any movement, he immediately called 911. Johnson said that the woman appeared to be between 35 and 45 years old, and that she was fully clothed.

Oyster Creek is pretty shallow through most parts, and Johnson said she was lying in only a few inches of water.

“Every time I come down here, I always walk the edge of the creek, and I’ve never seen anything like that and it put tears in my eyes to see her laying there like that," Johnson said. “It just hurts to see somebody in that situation.”

No foul play is suspected in the woman’s death.

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