"...A Gainesville Regional Utilities employee found the body at about 8:30 a.m., said police spokeswoman Officer Summer Hallett.
The man was white, had dark hair and appeared to be in his mid-40s. He was not wearing any clothes, Hallett said. He had tattoos, which police were hoping would help identify him.
Hallett said officers did not know how long the body had been in the water. Due to exposure to the water, it was unclear if there had been any trauma to the body, she said. The body had been taken to the Medical Examiner's Office. Police were awaiting a report on the cause of death Wednesday morning.
Police remained in the area during the morning, questioning residents.
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said police spoke to him about the case. There was some speculation that the body may have been dumped into the water, which the man said had swollen due to the recent rain.
“My dog was barking at about 6 a.m.,” the man said he told officers. “He was barking so much that I decided to look out. I looked out the window, and I didn't see anything.” The man said his view of the location were the body was found was obscured by a fence and plants."