Woman's body found outside home in Fort Lauderdale

Police say death considered suspicious

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Trent Kelly - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A woman's body was found Thursday morning outside a duplex in Fort Lauderdale, authorities confirmed.

The body was discovered just after 9 a.m. on the side of the home in the area of Northwest 68th Street and 31st Avenue.

"She had her nails done, her feet pedicure, long hair, pretty, Hispanic-looking," neighbor Mary Schluter told Local 10 News reporter Parker Branton. 

Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Casey Liening said detectives believe the woman's death is suspicious and are investigating.

A man who lives in the duplex later told Local 10 News reporter Trent Kelly that he was the person who found the woman's body outside his home.

He said she had no visible wounds or blood on her body, but did have something -- possibly vomit -- coming from her mouth.

He said he saw the woman alive around 4 a.m. when he went outside to smoke a cigarette and asked her what she was doing outside since he didn't recognize her.

According to the man, the woman told him she was heading to get beer at a nearby gas station. 

The woman's identity is unknown, but police believe she was in her 20s. 

"I'm scared. I mean, I live here. I've been here since 2009," Schluter said.  

No other details were immediately released.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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