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Deltona Man, 67, Found Deceased in Lake

Date Added: November 14, 2022 11:28 am

Laura Williams, Office of
Public Affairs & Media Relations


A 67-year-old Deltona man was found floating in Theresa Lake early Sunday, hours after he had taken his pontoon boat out for a ride Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies and Deltona Fire Rescue responded Sunday about 9 a.m. after neighbors reported observing a body floating about 30 yards from the shoreline at 970 Peru Court. The victim was identified as Richard Barker of South Dean Circle.

Barker had taken his pontoon boat out alone Saturday sometime between 1 and 2 p.m. The neighbor told deputies he later saw the pontoon boat floating near his property Saturday evening as it has done in the past, and didn’t see anything amiss.

On Sunday morning, Barker’s body was spotted floating facedown. The victim was pulled to shore by deputies and Deltona Fire Rescue and pronounced deceased.

No signs of foul play were found at the scene. Evidence suggests alcohol may have been a factor.

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