The mystery surrounding the dead woman found on the side of a Kendall highway deepened Thursday when a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol said the Miami-Dade County medical examiner couldn’t determine the cause of death.
A spokesman in the medical examiner’s office said a wound on the woman’s head could have caused her death, but the office hasn’t yet determined what caused it.
“The blunt trauma on her head was enough to kill,” said Darren Caprara, director of operations at the medical examiner’s office. “But was she hit by a car, or fell? There’s just no way to tell.”
The county medical examiner said the woman is Michelle Wilson, 40. The notice of death on the examiner’s site said her family has not yet been notified of her death.
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Police also haven’t shared how they were able to identify the woman. Wilson was found without identification or any distinguishing features, like tattoos.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yosdany Veloz said the FHP and Miami-Dade police will continue to search for a cause of death. We “are still working together to come to a conclusion,” he said.
Police found Wilson at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday lying face up next to a concrete barrier on the Don Shula Expressway near Florida’s Turnpike. She was fully clothed, her arms flat at her sides.
Other than a laceration to the back of her head, Veloz said, there didn’t appear to be any injuries to her body. The injury to her head, a hole according to the FHP spokesman, was not consistent with a bullet wound.
The only thing out of place on Wilson’s body: She was missing a sandal.
“It’s weird,” Veloz said of the incident earlier this week.