CLEARWATER, FLA. — The FBI is investigating the cause of death of Roger Brownlee, a national sales director for Perstorp Xytec Inc., whose shark-eaten body was found May 10 in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sgt. Greg Tita of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department said Brownlee's body was found 28 miles off the coast of Clearwater. His boat had been found eight days earlier, adrift with the keys in the ignition and no other sign of problems.
Because the severely decomposed body was found in international waters, the FBI has jurisdiction over the case and is investigating the cause of death, according to an FBI spokeswoman.
Authorities did not release results of an autopsy, pending further investigation.
Brownlee, 35, lived in Tampa, Fla. He had worked at Perstorp since 1993 as its southeastern regional sales manager, and recently was promoted to national sales director, according to a company news release. He is survived by his parents and siblings.
Perstorp Xytec, headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., makes plastic materials-handling containers.