Published: Nov 08, 2010 4:39 AM EST
Updated: Nov 07, 2010 8:00 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Police are investigating a mysterious body found floating in a canal.

It was discovered behind a home on Southwest 9th Place Sunday afternoon.  Officers are investigating whether its the same person who was reported missing earlier in the day.

Neighbors were shocked at the afternoon scene.

"My neighbor called and said there's something tragic going down in the neighborhood," said neighbor Russell Toops.

"I just saw a lot of police cars and fire engines and I couldn't get any information from anybody," said neighbor Dan Powell

Cape police investigating how a woman described as in her fifties got there, pulling the body from the water where it was discovered by a young girl.

"We just arrived home so it was a little excitement there," said neighbor John Rainwater.  "It's just a mixed feeling of regret and remorse."

Authorities not releasing the victims name or cause of death, but do confirm a missing persons report for a female was files earlier in the day.  Neighbors are hopeful the victim is not one of their own.

"Everybody's accounted for that we know around here, so that's good news for us."

At this point investigators do not suspect foul play, thinking this woman may have drowned.