A woman’s body was found wrapped in a trash bag off Florida’s Gulf Coast over the weekend, and the FBI is now leading the investigation.
The USCG confirmed the body, wrapped in a plastic trash bag, was found in the water 13 miles out from Egmont Key, at the mouth of the Tampa Bay, at about 12:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Witnesses said they were spear-fishing when they went for a dive. As they headed to the next spot, they found the trash bag. They tried to pick it up but quickly realized it was not trash.
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According to USCG, the fishermen cut open the bag and saw skin and what they believed was a bra strap or bikini.
The USCG was alerted at about 11 a.m., and the body was found 13 nautical miles out in the water.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed it is now the lead agency investigating the case since the body was found in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
The woman has not been identified by authorities, but we will update this story as details unfold.