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Passersby thought man sleeping on Florida beach; he was dead

June 25, 2019

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — South Florida authorities say a man who passersby thought was merely sleeping on the beach turned out to be dead.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said that a witness saw 62-year-old Jerry Earl Hickerson motionless on Higgs Beach in Key West Monday afternoon and thought he was sleeping.

The sheriff’s office says a short time later, she tried to wake him up when things didn’t seem right. She discovered he was dead.

Other passersby attempted CPR on Hickerson but were unsuccessful. Paramedics pronounced Hickerson dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office says no foul play is suspected.

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