St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2023-041123
Date of original release: 11-04-23

Body of Missing Fisherman Found

Release posted on 11-04-23 at 2:45 p.m.

This morning at 9:46 a.m., the wife of John Kotulick (DOB 6-6-52) reported him missing. He left to go fishing in his kayak yesterday evening and never returned.

Officers located his truck at the Jungle Prada launch. The St. Pete PD Marine Unit, the Coast Guard and the Pinellas County Sheriff's helicopter searched the water. His kayak was found near a waterfront home on Treasure Island. His body was later found at 2 p.m. in the water near Treasure Island.

Cause of death has not been determined, however no foul play is suspected.


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