Hiker discovers body of dead woman at Fort Myers Beach Nature Preserve

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (WBBH) – The body of a dead woman was discovered early Monday morning at a Fort Myers Beach nature preserve.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office told NBC2 that the body of a deceased woman was found by a hiker who was hiking a nature trail in the Matanzas Pass Reservation around 8 a.m. on Labor Day.

“It’s just awful,” said Cindy Komanowski, who is visiting the island from Tampa. “Here in this park, and there are houses right there.”

Neighbors who live along the entrance to the nature reserve told NBC2 that deputies were focusing their investigation on the edge of the pond near the entrance to the reserve.

“This morning we went to the beach, and there was a line, and there was the police,” said Ens Keaasmin, who is on vacation near the reserve. “We asked what happened, and they said it was an investigation.”

According to witnesses, the investigators blocked the street in front of the reserve.

“We didn’t know it was a corpse or anything like that,” Keaasmin said.

The sheriff’s office is still working to identify the woman who was found. Detectives say his death is currently not being deemed suspicious. However, until all questions are answered, some will be uninsured.

“No. I mean a little, but it’s still very sad, and it makes me wonder what happened,” Mary Penza said.

Count on NBC2 for the latest updates on this developing story.

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