Driver discovers body on side of I-95 after car becomes disabled

Authorities investigate after the body of a woman was found on the side of I-95 in Fort Pierce. (WPLG)

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – The St. Lucie County Sheriff Office’s has taken over an investigation involving a body that was found Tuesday on the side of Interstate 95.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yanko Reyes, a driver’s car became disabled in the southbound lanes of I-95 at Mile Marker 127 in Fort Pierce.

Reyes said the driver pulled over and discovered the body of a woman.

Troopers responded to the scene, but the Sheriff’s Office has since taken over the investigation.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the woman or disclosed how she died, but Hollywood police spokesman Christian Lata told Local 10 News that detectives have confirmed that the body is not that of Leila Cavett, 21, who was discovered to be missing after her 2-year-old son was found wandering by himself in Miramar.

Detectives are continuing to ask for the public’s help to locate Cavett. Those with any information are asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at (954) 764-4357(HELP) or 954-967-4411. Tipsters can e-mail or text to hollywoodpdtips@hollywoodfl.org. Information can also be given to Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477(TIPS) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.


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