July 29, 2021 13:59

Bodies of married couple found floating in South Florida canal

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — The bodies of a married couple have been found floating near a boat in a South Florida canal, authorities said.

Archer James Adams III and Paula Adams, both 76, of Boca Raton, were discovered Saturday morning in the waters near the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The cause of death is currently unknown, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A woman who answered the door Sunday at the couple’s home was too distraught to comment. Property records show the Adams bought the home in 1995.

A neighbor said the couple had been retired for about 20 years.

Another neighbor said the couple had a small boat, though it’s unclear whether it was the same one found at the refuge.

“The FWC … will provide additional details as they become available,” said Susan Neel, the agency’s communication director. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Adams during this difficult time.”

The agency hasn’t said whether foul play is suspected in the case, New York Post reported.

The FWC is leading the investigation with help from the Palm Beach County and Broward sheriff’s offices, the paper reported.

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