Palmetto, Florida -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman whose body was found in the 2900 block of 24th Ave. E. as 49-year-old Bernadette Phicien.
Detectives are investigating the case as a homicide due to the fact trauma was done to her body. Phicien's body was found by a couple while on their morning walk Thursday morning just two-and-a-half miles from where she lived on 9th Ave. E.
The Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy to help determine her exact cause of death.
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with any information on this case to call them at 941-744-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.