New details have deepened the mystery surrounding a missing Avon Park woman whose body was found late last week in a lake near the Vero Beach Outlets mall.
Deputies discovered the body of 24-year-old Khadijah Anderson the afternoon of March 30 in Keg Lake, south of the mall on the west side of Interstate 95, five days after she was reported missing from Avon Park in Highlands County.
Maj. Eric Flowers, of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday there were no signs of trauma to the body and detectives did not suspect anyone was involved with Anderson’s death.
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Flowers said this week detectives had acquired surveillance video of Anderson stopping at a gas station at Yeehaw Junction before heading east on State Road 60, toward Vero Beach.
The video confirmed Anderson was alone in the vehicle, he said. She did not appear to be under duress.
The exact date and time of the video were unclear Friday, although Flowers said Anderson stopped at the gas station during the overnight hours not long before arriving at the mall.
Her vehicle was found behind the outlets mall, about three-quarters of a mile from the lake, with the doors unlocked and the keys inside, Flowers said.
Scott Dressel, of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives had not yet uncovered any reason why Anderson would have been heading to Indian River County.
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It did not appear Friday she knew anyone in the area, Dressel said, although the investigation was ongoing.
Flowers said family members had expressed some concerns about Anderson’s behavior in the days leading up her disappearance.
“She had made mention of things that gave them concern for her mental stability,” he said, but did not give further details.
Desire Nance (left) and her sister (Khadijah Anderson.) Anderson was found in a lake in Vero Beach Saturday afternoon. Deputies are investigating the incident as a suspicious death.
Her sister, Desire Nance, told TCPalm Anderson had been feeling down after a break-up the day before her disappearance.
Detectives did not suspect foul play but were nevertheless treating her death as suspicious, Flowers said.
“Normal young people don’t normally end up in ponds,” he said.
Investigators were awaiting the results of an autopsy on Anderson’s body Friday.