By: Sharon Aron Baron
A local blogger has upset readers after publishing a photo of their loved one after his decomposed body was pulled from a lake.
Margate News writer Mitchell Pellecchia wrote about the gruesome scene on Wednesday when police pulled a fully clothed adult male from Lemon Tree Lake in Margate. However, Pellecchia chose not to hide the photo of the deceased body. (Tamarac Talk photoshopped the victim out of the photo)
Readers soon discovered the unedited photo and wrote comments on his website:
“This was my soon to be father-in-laws brother and my fiance’s uncle.” wrote Ashley Sherman.
This is my baby brother and I would love to thank the scumbags for posting this picture of him …I just told his children their father passed away..now they can see thanks again …oh by the way it was not a suicide for the record.”
“This is my brother in law Rick. Richard Miller,” wrote Michelle Miller. “This just made this whole thing a hundred times worse to see that picture. Omg. Thank you for the comments that were kind and we are waiting to find out exactly what happened. This was my husbands brother who lived with us just last year and he is a father of 3 beautiful children whom are devastated as we all are. He was well loved. I am also outraged at this picture”
Police received a call from a resident who discovered the body floating face down in the lake at 8:20 am. The body was found to the rear of the 400 Block of Lakeside Drive South, Village on the Lake Condominiums.
The man has been since identified as Richard Andrew Miller, 40. His death has been ruled a drowning and foul play is not suspected according to police.