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A Florida teen was killed as she was out on a morning run and police believe that a hit-and-run driver is responsible.
The body of Diani Gomez Sanchez, 16, was discovered on Sunday evening in some bushes near Miami’s Pelican Harbor Marina by her uncle. She was last seen alive by her family around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, when she went for her routine jog, Miami’s WFOR-TV reports.
At first, investigators believe that she was murdered. But after information trickled in about a possible hit and run, they changed gears.
“At first we were investigating it as a homicide. But now we believe it was a hit-and-run called in at 8:43 a.m. Saturday,” Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo told WFOR-TV.
Police told the media that Gomez Sanchez was likely struck by a gray sedan that would have heavy front damage on the passenger side and possibly even a cracked windshield from the incident.
Investigators believe they located that car, a badly damaged sedan which matched the description, on Tuesday parked in a residential area, local outlet WTVJ reports.
“The last couple of days it was parked there with a flat tire and a hit on the right hand side from the front to about the back door," an unidentified neighbor told the outlet. "The windshield was busted."
The car's owner was brought in for questioning on Wednesday but they haven’t been arrested or identified. The Miami Police Department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Police are reportedly awaiting lab results from evidence they collected from the sedan.
Denis Omar Gomez, who found his teen niece’s body, told WFOR, “They took away the only niece I had in this country. They took away the most beautiful thing I had in my life."
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.
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