The body of a homeless man was found floating in Key West Harbor on Friday, hours after he had a drunken argument with another homeless man, according to reports released Monday.
While the death case remains open, nothing so far suggests anything more than an accidental drowning, Key West police said Monday.
"At this point the initial rulings were drowning," said spokeswoman Alyson Crean. "Nothing suspicious involved."
Crean would not release the name of the dead man, but a source close to the case confirmed that it is Guadalupe Montiel, 47, of Key West.
A Coast Guard crew pulled his corpse from the water just after 6 p.m. Friday.
Montiel was wearing only black shorts and had one small cut under his chin, police reports said. His body had been floating in the harbor between Mallory Square and Sunset Key resort.
A paramedic at the scene recognized Montiel from an earlier call at Simonton Beach, where she saw him alive at about 10:50 a.m.
Montiel was among several homeless people who drew police attention at Simonton Beach at 10:30 a.m. Friday, reports said.
Police released five reports Monday, and the batch included a man threatening to kill Montiel eight hours before his body was found floating.
But police have not linked the drunken verbal fight between two homeless men to the death.
"They're trying to be responsible and document what went on," said Crean, of the reports that officers pooled together after the body was found.
Appearing intoxicated, from his glassy red eyes to his unsteady gait and boozy odor, Montiel was arguing with Lonnie Helms, 49, police reported.
All four homeless people were obviously impaired by alcohol, the reports said.
One man was so bad off, drooling on himself and unable to walk, that police placed him in protective custody and took him to jail.
"Montiel told Helms that he did not want any problems," Officer Matthew Johnson wrote in a report dated Saturday. "Helms was sitting down in the sand and told Montiel he was going to 'f--- him up.'"
As Montiel gathered up his things and began leaving the beach with his girlfriend, Vicki Compton, 39, Helms shouted, "I'll kill you!" according to police.
But Helms only made threats, reports said. Police said they separated Helms and Montiel "before a physical fight could ensue," and asked Montiel to leave the beach.
In another officer's report, Helms is depicted as telling Montiel that he would "kick his a--," while standing up and balling up his fists.
Montiel allegedly replied, "Let's go!"
Helms told officers that Montiel had started the problems at the beach.
At noon, police saw Montiel and Compton seated on the sidewalk in front of the La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval St., and more than two hours later, Compton was spotted alone and walking southbound on Duval Street.
At 4:30 p.m., the same officer drove by Simonton Beach and saw Helms sleeping against the side of the bath house.
The final report released so far, on Sunday, details police tracking down Compton in the 700 block of Duval Street at about 7:35 p.m.
She told them that she had last seen her boyfriend on Friday around sunset. They had shared some fries at the Conch Shack and then parted ways.
He appeared "beat up," Compton told police, the reports say, but not from fighting. It was from too much alcohol, she said.
Some other homeless people told her that he had received a bus ticket from his sister and left Key West, Compton reportedly told police.
But she was surprised that he would leave town without leaving her a message or money, police said.
"Compton expressed that she and (Montiel) are in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship," the report states.