Woman Falls Into Septic Tank, Dies While Watering Plants: Police

NORTH PORT, FL – The body of a 74-year-old woman was found in a septic tank at her North Port home after a family member was unable to reach her.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, was found dead at her home on Andalusia Street after a health check was requested, North Port Police Department public information officer Josh Taylor told Patch.

“Tragically, she was watering her plants when she either fell into an already collapsed septic tank lid or her weight caused the deteriorating lid to collapse,” he said.

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Taylor told ABC 7 that it was “a completely insane incident that you never thought would happen.”

The victim’s neighbors told NBC 2 that she spent a lot of time outdoors tending to her yard.

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A neighbor also told the news outlet that a recent assessment of the victim’s home indicated there were problems with her septic tank.

“She had a big crack in her tank. I thought it was a lid at first, but it was the tank. She didn’t fix it or do anything about it,” neighbor Olivia said. “You should have reported that. The rating company or whoever.”

The investigation is ongoing, although no foul play is suspected, Taylor said. The coroner is working to determine the cause of death.

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