Published: Jun 09, 2010 6:34 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 09, 2010 3:33 PM EDT

An 88 year Port Charlotte man is dead, found floating in the canal behind his home.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office received a call from a man about 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday saying there was a body floating in a canal in the 2200 block of Harbor Boulevard in Port Charlotte.

The Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to the scene and recovered the body of Gene Ray Stalker, who was reported missing Tuesday night about 10:10 p.m.

Stalker was found about 4 blocks from his home.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine what caused Stalker's death.