67-year-old man found dead floating in Volusia County lake

A 67-year-old man was found dead, floating in a Volusia County lake after taking his pontoon out for a ride this past weekend.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the body of Deltona resident Richard Barker was found floating in Theresa Lake on Sunday, November 13, at around 9 a.m.

Police say that neighbors reported observing Barker’s body floating about 30 yards from the shoreline of 970 Peru Court.

Barker had taken his pontoon boat out on Saturday afternoon, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and a neighbor reported seeing it later that evening. The neighbor said it was not unusual for Barker to float near his property and didn’t see anything amiss.

On Sunday morning, Barker’s body was spotted floating facedown. He was pulled to shore by deputies and Deltona Fire Rescue and pronounced deceased.

Police say that although no signs of foul play were found at the scene, they believe alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

If you have any information to share with authorities about the death of Barker, contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at 386-736-5961.

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