Daytona Beach cops: Body of homeless man found floating in Halifax River result of drowning

Wendell Speaker, homeless of Daytona Beach, victim of drowning in Halifax River / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Wendell Robb Spiker, 42, was a homeless man whose body was found in the Halifax River, the apparent victim of an accidental drowning. How he ended up in the river is unknown, but foul play was not suspected, Daytona Beach police said. Shown below are Spiker's multiple booking mugs from the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, mostly for trespassing and consumption of alcohol in public.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- At 2:36 p.m. Friday a 9-1-1 call led cops to a body floating 20 feet off shore from 905 S. Peninsula Drive between the International Speedway and Silver Beach bridges.

Wendell Spiker well known to cops died of a drowning in the Halifax River in Daytona Beach, FL on Friday / Headline Surfer®The body of the white man was recovered from the Halifax River by a Daytona Beach Fire Department paramedic team in one of its rescue boats. Burt in this case, it was a recovery.

The deceased person has since been identified as that of Wendell Robb Spiker, 42, with a date of birth of 12-02-73.

An autopsy was performed and preliminary results revealed Spiker's death was the result of an accidental drowning.

Spiker, who was known to police, was believed to be homeless.

Among charges against Spiker in eight separate arrests by Daytona GBeach PD beginning July 20, of this year were multiple trespass offenses, resisting an officer without violence, disorderly intoxication and consumption (of an alcoholic beverage) in parking lots prohibited.

Spiker's final arrest prior to his death was Oct. 24.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.