Sheriff’s Office Investigates Body Found Near Inlet.
Sheriff Ken Mascara announced this morning that detectives are working an investigation into the death of a woman recovered from near the Fort Pierce Inlet late last night.
According to the Sheriff, at approximately 7:15 p.m. on June 16, 911 dispatchers received a call from an off-shore salvage boat of a deceased female discovered north of the Fort Pierce Inlet. Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers responded to the location and recovered the body which was transported to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce.
An investigation is currently ongoing into the identification of the woman, notification of next of kin and the circumstances surrounding her death, Sheriff Macara said.
Update June 18, 2016
Sheriff Ken Mascara announced that the body found north of the Fort Pierce Inlet last night is that of Dawn Marie Caso, 48, of the 2400 block of North Ocean Drive in Fort Pierce.
The Sheriff stated that Caso was found wearing a bathing suit and upon further investigation by deputies, personal belongings positively linked to Caso were found on north beach. No physical sign of trauma was evident on Caso at the time of her recovery.
According to the Sheriff, an autopsy was scheduled to determine the official cause of death.
We will update this story as the information comes in.
About the Sheriff
The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara was first elected by the people of St. Lucie County in 2000, and remains accountable to them.