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Body Found Laying In Median On Hwy 92 Shutting Down Westbound Lanes In Lakeland

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UPDATE June 18, 2019: to suspicious death of 22-year-old Kara Hanvey of Sebring: an autopsy was conducted today, June 18, 2019, and while the final results are pending toxicology, she did have fatal injuries consistent with being hit by a car.

We are still seeking information about her whereabouts on Saturday evening, June 15th, through Sunday morning, June 16th.

If anyone has information about Kara Hanvey and her whereabouts during that time frame, or if anyone was traveling on US Hwy 92 East (AKA East Memorial Blvd) in Lakeland between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2019, and saw anything suspicious, you are urged to contact the PCSO Traffic Unit at 863-297-1100.

Or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers – call 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on “Submit A Tip,” or download the free “P3tips” app on your smartphone or tablet.

UPDATE to suspicious death investigation and possible fatal hit-and-run fatality on US Hwy 92 E in Lakeland:

The victim has been positively identified as 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey, a Hispanic female, of Sebring. A photo of her is attached.

Around 6:40 am on Sunday, June 16, 2019, the PCSO ECC received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive female laying on her back in the grass median of US Hwy 92 East (AKA East Memorial Blvd) near Kennedy Auto Sales on Reynolds Road in Lakeland. When first responders arrived on-scene it was apparent the victim was deceased. There were no witnesses located. The PCSO Traffic Unit responded to assume the investigation. The PCSO Homicide Unit and Crime Scene also responded.

There is some minor trauma to the victim’s  body and an apparent broken leg, but an autopsy tomorrow will determine her exact cause of death. Her belongings were located nearby, along the westbound shoulder.

PCSO is seeking witnesses who may have been in this area between 5:30 am and 6:30 am, and/or any acquaintances of the victim who have information on her whereabouts or activities on Saturday night and/or Sunday morning. Please call PCSO at 863-298-6200.

Or to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers – call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on “Submit A Tip,” or download the free “P3tips” app on your smartphone or tablet.


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