MIAMI -

Police identified a woman whose body was found at Northwest 17th Street and 7th Court early Tuesday morning.

The body of 51-year-old Lavita Anthony was discovered about 1:48 a.m.

"It was pretty brutal," said police spokeswoman Federica Burden. "Now, we are just trying to piece things together to see what we can actually come up with."

Blondel Hines said Anthony was homeless.

"I volunteer and help them serve food for the homeless and help them clean up and pass out clothes and stuff," she said.

Anyone with information on her death is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.