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Body of Missing Preschool Teacher Found in SUV in Deerfield Beach

BSO announced the search for 42-year-old Tonia McDonald on Wednesday

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The body of a preschool teacher who vanished in Pompano Beach was found in Deerfield Beach Friday, family members said.

Tonia McDonald, 42, had been last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday near the area of 2855 W. McNab Road, Broward Sheriff's Office officials said.

Family members said McDonald's body was discovered inside an SUV behind a strip mall near Military Trail and 10th Street.

BSO officials said homicide units were investigating the circumstances behind her death but said no foul play was suspected.

McDonald had been due to start a job at Hopewell Preschool Academy in Pompano Beach this week but never showed. Authorities had been searching for her since Wednesday.

Relatives said McDonald has 10 kids, was a religious woman, and was very excited about starting the school year.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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