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 March 5th, 2009  
Sheriff Mascara releases name of man whose body was found beside canal Wednesday morning
Robert Smith, Jr., 47, of Fort Pierce, is the man whose body was found next to Belcher Canal north of Fort Pierce Wednesday morning, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Following notification of relatives, an autopsy took place today. Results were inconclusive.

Tissue and fluid samples sent to out-of-town laboratories will help investigators determine the cause of death.

A person walking in the area of North 25th Street and Avenue T found Smith’s body next to a bicycle and called 9-1-1. There were no indications of trauma to the body.

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