SCSO is currently conducting a death investigation after a man was found deceased in a Venice pond.
Thursday just after 1:00 p.m., deputies were called to the area of Auburn Road and Point Loop Drive for the report of a deceased person lying face down in a body of water.
Members of the agency’s Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (S.U.R.F.) responded to assist in recovery efforts. The decedent is identified as Mark S. Bailey, DOB 08/23/54.
At this time, Mr. Bailey’s cause of death is unknown however the investigation is active and ongoing. As always, an official cause of death will be determined and released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
No further updates expected today.