Deputies have been on scene since early this morning when a young woman’s body was found on the side of the road on US 92 in Lakeland.
The victim has been positively identified as 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey of Sebring, Florida.
Investigators say her body was found on the side of the road after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive female laying on her back in the grass median of East Memorial Blvd near Kennedy Auto Sales on Reynolds Road in Lakeland. Her belongings were located nearby, along the westbound shoulder.
When first responders arrived on-scene it was apparent Hanvey was deceased. There currently no known witnesses.
The exact cause of death is now under investigation. There will be an autopsy tomorrow morning.
Polk Count Detectives are looking for witnesses who may have been in this area between 5:30 am and 6:30 am, or any acquaintances of the victim who have information on her whereabouts or activities on Saturday night or Sunday morning. Please call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.
If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers – call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477) or visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on “Submit A Tip.