Man drowns in home pool in Manatee

File photo of a pool

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A wife found her husband face down floating in the family pool Saturday evening, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The man died in the hospital Sunday afternoon.

The couple recently moved to Florida from Michigan. On Saturday, Melanie Little, 46, left her husband Orien Lee Drew, 58, with the family dog at their home located on the 3800 block of 35th Ave Drive West in Bradenton.

She came back about two hours later and found her husband face down in the deep end of the pool, according to MCSO. She pulled him out and called 911. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Drew passed away Sunday afternoon. Manatee detectives didn’t specify if they are investigating this accident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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