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 outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.