Police Looking for Truck Driver After Body Found in SW Miami-Dade: MDPD

Police are looking for a truck driver who may have left a woman's body at a construction site and driven off with a child, officials said.

By Gilma Avalos
|  Sunday, Sep 22, 2013  |  Updated 12:23 PM EDT
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Police are looking for the driver of a white commercial truck after a body was found in a field in Southwest Miami-Dade. Witnesses said the driver may have driven off with a child inside. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos spoke with witness Laura Ortiz about the incident.

Police are looking for the driver of a white commercial truck after a body was found in a field in Southwest Miami-Dade. Witnesses said the driver may have driven off with a child inside. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos spoke with witness Laura Ortiz about the incident.

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Police are looking for a truck driver who may have left a woman's body at a construction site and driven off with a child, officials said. Miami-Dade Police Spokeswoman Robin Pinkard gives the details.
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Police are looking for the driver of a commercial truck suspected of leaving the body of an 18-year-old woman at a construction site in Southwest Miami-Dade Saturday, officials said.

Witnesses saw what appeared to be a body fall out of a commercial truck going eastbound on SW 288th Street as it made a left turn at SW 144th Avenue, according to Miami-Dade Police.

"The subject stopped the vehicle, got out and picked the female back up and put her back inside the car," said Detective Robin Pinkard with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The man then continued northbound on SW 144th Street, police said.

When officers responded to the area, they found the victim's body at a nearby construction site, according to authorities. She was pronounced dead on the scene, but the cause of death was unknown.

Witnesses told investigators they also saw what appeared to be a 2 or 3-year-old child in the truck when it drove off, police said.

"She saw the body fall from the car and the guy went around and put her back in the car rapidly," said Laura Ortiz, describing what a neighbor saw.

Another neighbor, Amanda Castillo, provided police with crucial surveillance video of the suspected truck.

"They just ask me if I had a camera, and I said yes," Castillo said. "You feel safe but it's scary to have this happen around our neighborhood."

Officials did not immediately release further details on the investigation.

The truck was described as a white commercial truck with a caged bed and black lettering on one side. Anyone that may have seen it is urged to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Stay with NBC6.com and NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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