Police Suspect Foul Play After Body of Missing Teen Found in Miami

Dayana Gomez Sanchez, 16, had been last seen Saturday morning

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Foul play is suspected in the death of a missing 16-year-old girl whose body was discovered Sunday night along a causeway near a Miami harbor, according to authorities.

City of Miami police officers responded at around 5:20 p.m. to the 1200 block of Northeast 79th Street, near Pelican Harbor Marina, where they found the body.

Family members identified her as Dayana Gomez Sanchez, who was last seen leaving her home to go for a run at around 6 a.m. Saturday, police said. She was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police believe there was foul play but are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

“This is a tragic moment beyond words,” said Assistant Miami Police Chief Armando Aguilar. “Crime Scene detectives are pouring over the crime scene and interviewing witnesses and family members.”

Anyone with information, especially any witnesses who were out in the area that evening, should call Miami Police or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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