Body Found in Bradford County Retention Pond, Yet to be Identified


Bradford County sheriff’s deputies are working to identify a body that was found in Keystone Heights today.

Deputies found the body floating in a retention pond at the intersection of State Road 100 and County Road 21B after receiving a phone call at about 11:30 this morning, Sheriff Gordon Smith said.

While cause of death and identity have not been determined, Smith said there is a possibility it could be 51-year-old Katheine Jarosz, who was last seen Feb. 28 in Clay County. The body was discovered by Jarosz’s coworkers and friends, who were looking for her in the area.

“We have reason to believe this may in fact be that individual, but we have not confirmed it,” Smith said. “We just want to get it out to the community to keep people from wondering and worrying.”

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and medical examiner are all working with the sheriff’s office to help identify the body.

“This will take time,” Smith said. “As it moves into the evening hours we’ll leave no stone unturned until we find in fact what the cause of this death is.”

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