MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside an apartment over the weekend.
According to Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez, officers responded to an apartment unit at 659 Meridian Ave. shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call from someone who discovered the body.
He said the body was in the advanced stages of decomposition.
Kim Bonanno is the building manager who, along with the exterminator, discovered her neighbor’s body.
“When I opened the door, the first thing we noticed was the awful smell,” said Bonanno. “So he went in and he saw a body completely covered with a sheet.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and ruled the death a homicide, although authorities did not immediately confirm how she was killed.
Police are still working to identify the victim.
“They know the victim sustained trauma to her neck area, however, we have not yet been able to identify her,” said Officer Rodriguez. “That will come, hopefully, in the next few days.”
Neighbors told Local 10′s Layron Livingston that the victim was a woman in her 60s who lived with her adult son.
“She was really nice, hardworking,” said Bonanno. “Just worked and took care of him.”
No one has seen the son.
For now, as police continue processing their scene and conducting an investigation, there has been no official word on any suspects or persons of interest.
Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call the Miami Beach Police Department at 305-673-7901. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.