Body of male found by fisherman in Manatee River

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - The body of a white male was found in the Manatee River shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.  Authorities are now working to identify the victim.

The discovery was made in about three feet of water by a fisherman near Emerson Point.

At this point, no connection is being made between the discovery and the January 27 disappearance of a Bradenton man.

Patrick Mullins' 16-foot Stumpknocker was discovered near Egmont Key off Fort De Soto Park at the mouth of Tampa Bay. It was floating at sea unanchored.

abcactionnews.com will have additional details as they become available.

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