Police Identify Body Found in Little Haiti Garbage Can

Police have identified the body of a woman found in a garbage can during the 4th of July weekend. The deadly discovery was made by a resident in Little Haiti near NW 54th Street and North Miami Avenue.

Team 6 was the only station there while police investigated the scene. The trash can sat on the street covered by a yellow tarp. Inside, police say, was the body of a 31-year-old woman named Sandy Celine.

"She was found there. Her head was down into the garbage and that’s when he called 911 right away," neighbor Tony Mendez said.

The neighbors NBC 6 talked to didn’t know Celine, just of her. One said she had a nickname of “Titi.”

"I’ve seen her around, but she’s not from this side. She’s from the 79th area," Amy Salisbury, a neighbor said.

Police haven’t said how or why the victim was killed. But we did talk to residents who believe she may have been shot before being stuffed into the trash can.

"You just heard pop, pop, pop. You know maybe like two to three shots," Mendez said. "Between 3 and 6 in the morning, my wife and I, we heard gunshots; so we decided to look out the window. We saw some people that were disputing."

Days after the crime, homicide investigators returned to the area to look for clues about what happened. Part of the investigation has led them to a building just a few feet away from the deadly discovery.

"It was kind of scary because I live in the area and I’m not from here; so it’s kind of weird," Salisbury said.

"That’s bad man. People kill people for no reason,” neighbor Charles Raymond said. “You know take your life. You got a family you have to take care. You know that’s bad, that’s bad."

If you have any information you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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