A dead woman was found floating in the Miami River canal on Sunday morning, April 27 and was identified as Rhonda Siggers-Cooper, 41. A driver coming across the incoming bridge saw the body floating face down alongside the bank on the north side of Canal Street just before 10 a.m. and notified Miami Springs police.
Police soon learned that the dead woman had been staying with her sister, Michelle Siggers, in a nearby apartment. On Friday, Michelle had reported to Miami Springs Police that her sister was missing and posted a notice on her Facebook page.
Springs Police blocked off the area and, as with all unattended deaths, notified Miami-Dade County homicide. Miami-Dade Police divers also came to the area along with crime scene technicians. Since the body was close to the bank in shallow water, a diver walked into the canal and moved the body to a low area on the bank where it was removed.
A homicide detective and technicians checked the body before it was taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.
“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Miami Springs Sgt. Danny Kelly, supervisor on the scene.