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Deputies investigate drowning after golfer goes missing in East Lake Woodlands

Members of East Lake Fire Rescue, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the East Lake Woodlands subdivision in Oldsmar in reference to a missing adult about 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Deputies suspected the missing adult male was in a nearby pond and he was later located deceased by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office dive team.

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According to investigators, 74-year-old Hermilo Jazmines of Lutz, Florida, and a friend were
playing golf at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club. At about 7:37 a.m., Jazmines teed off at hole number three and was last seen looking for his ball near the green. Jazmines’ golf cart was parked on the cart path and his putter was found lying on the ground near the water.

Deputies searched the nearby wooded area and assisted Fire Department personnel in searching the edge of the pond. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded and located Jazmines submerged in the water near his putter. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigators say the evidence suggests Jazmines may have fallen into the water and drowned. Deputies spoke with friends of Jazmines who say he likes to search the course for lost golf balls.

The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, however, it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.


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