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Body found near Skyway Bridge identified as missing security guard

St. Petersburg Police are at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Thursday after a body was found near...
St. Petersburg Police are at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Thursday after a body was found near the north fishing pier.(Courtesy of WTSP)
Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:07 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WWSB) - A body of a woman found burned near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Wednesday night has been identified as a female security guard who had been reported missing earlier that day, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s spokeswoman Crystal Clark said they were asking for the public’s help in helping to solve the case.

Firefighters in St. Petersburg discovered a body in the ashes of a grass fire Wednesday night near the Skyway Bridge. St. Petersburg Police said the remains were found about 8 p.m., after the fire was extinguished in the woods near the bridge’s north side rest area.

Earlier that day, the family of a security guard at the Beachwalk Condominiums in the Town and Country area of Tampa has reported that she had not returned home from work as expected.

Clark said forensic investigation and identifying marks on the body confirmed her identity. Few other details were available. The victim’s car was still at the apartment complex when her body was found. Clark confirmed there is a person of interest in the case but no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.

It is not yet known if the person died as a result of the fire or before. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation and was expected to share new information at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

This is a developing story. This story will be updated.

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