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Lehigh woman dies in accidental drowning off causeway

April 11, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI (trepecki@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Authorities are investigating an accidental death that occurred on the Sanibel Causeway.

At 3:18 p.m. April 10, the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to an incident involving Wendy Cooper, 42, of Lehigh Acres. The body of the victim was discovered along Span B, the middle bridge that connects the two causeway islands, according to officials at the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Anita Iriarte confirmed that Cooper's death has been ruled an accident.

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The Sanibel Police Department, along with a team from the U.S. Coast Guard Fort Myers Beach station, also responded to the scene. The SPD report states that the call was for a "drowning."

The LCSO took the lead on the investigation as the location falls under its jurisdiction.

Cooper's family could not be reached for comment.

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