Woman found dead in septic tank

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB/Gray News) — Florida officials said a 74-year-old woman was found dead in a septic tank in her front yard on Thursday.

North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said authorities were called to the home and they quickly realized the woman was in the hole.

“It seemed like a completely insane incident that you never thought would happen,” Taylor said.

Florida authorities said a 74-year-old woman was found dead in a septic tank in her front yard.(WWSB)

Martin Guffey, the owner of Martin Septic Service, told the WWSB that many factors could have contributed to the woman’s death.

Officials said corrosion played a role in Thursday’s tank collapse.

According to Guffey, there are around 2.4 million septic tanks in Florida. He recommends residents have their septic tanks serviced every three to five years.

North Port Police said Thursday’s incident appeared coincidental, but their investigation is ongoing.

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