Tampa, FL -- Clearwater police say it appears to be an unfortunate accident.
On Thursday along the south side of the Courtney Campbell Bridge, searchers found the body of missing fisherman Anthony Buono.
Buono, 59, had been missing since about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Family members say they last saw the Tampa man heading out fishing, and became concerned when he didn't come home overnight.
Police started searching the area where Buono was known to fish along the causeway and found an unsettling sign: Buono's pickup.
Initially there was no sign of Buono, so they sent up a search helicopter. A Coast Guard team also started scouring the area on the water.
About two hours later, they spotted Buono's body on the south side of the causeway in shallow water.
“He liked to fish along the causeway and under this bridge that is out here,” said Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw, “And the currents near the span are really strong. So we don't know if he got swept away in a current.”
It’s possible, said Shaw, Buono had some sort of medical episode, but that they would leave that to the medical examiner to decide.
Clearwater detectives closed the bike path on the south side of the causeway as they investigated, but it was reopened shortly after Buono’s body was taken away.
“I hope his family gets some measure of peace now in finding him, so at least he wasn’t missing any longer,” said Chuck Anderson, who had been biking along the path.
At this point, Clearwater police say there is no reason to suspect foul play.