Police: Body of woman found in retention pond near Clear Lake identified

Investigators focus on trash dumpsters Monday night

A woman's body was found in Clear Lake on April 9, 2018, Orlando police said.
A woman's body was found in Clear Lake on April 9, 2018, Orlando police said.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A body that was found Monday afternoon in a retention pond behind a business near Clear Lake has been identified, officials with the Orlando Police Department said.

The body, identified Wednesday as that of 50-year-old Debra Ann Campbell, was found behind a business at 1628 Camerbur Drive near Rio Grande Avenue and Orange Center Boulevard in Orlando.

A man working in the area told News 6 he was dumping his garbage in the dumpster just before 1 p.m. and smelled something awful. He said he saw buzzards flying around and, when he looked behind a fence nearby, he saw what he thought was a body.

The worker said Campbell's body was found partially in a garbage can and was naked from the waist down.

Orlando police investigators could not confirm that information.

The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office took the body to determine Campbell's cause of death.

On Monday evening, News 6 watched as investigators focused on the trash dumpsters, turning over garbage bags and pushing through cardboard boxes.

Late in the evening, one of the dumpsters was hauled away.

Authorities said no other information was immediately available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported that the body was found in Clear Lake. Police later clarified that the victim was found in a retention pond near Clear Lake, not in Clear Lake itself.

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