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Police: Woman's body found in Sarasota

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Sarasota Police on the scene of Out Reach Ministry where a woman's body was discovered Thursday Sarasota Police on the scene of Out Reach Ministry where a woman's body was discovered Thursday
Sarasota Police on the scene of Out Reach Ministry where a woman's body was discovered Thursday Sarasota Police on the scene of Out Reach Ministry where a woman's body was discovered Thursday
Sarasota police at the scene of a suspicious death after a woman's body was discovered Sarasota police at the scene of a suspicious death after a woman's body was discovered
Sarasota police at the scene of a suspicious death after a woman's body was discovered Sarasota police at the scene of a suspicious death after a woman's body was discovered
Sarasota police at the scene of a suspicious death after a woman's body was discovered Sarasota police at the scene of a suspicious death after a woman's body was discovered
SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) - The Sarasota Police Department is investigating the suspicious death of a woman found behind a church Thursday morning.

Police say they received a call of a body found at 1854 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Sarasota around 9:45 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of an African American female behind the Out Reach Ministry. Neighbors tell News Channel 8 the body was naked.

"You see her leg still bent up, with no clothes on," described one neighbor, Grace McDaniel who said it appeared someone had placed her there for all to see.

Police say the cause of death and the woman's identity are unknown at this time, but the case is being handled as a suspicious death.

Neighbors say the woman was local and known by many, as she walked the streets often.

Each week, the church is a hotspot for activity, but on Thursday it was for the wrong reasons, as large groups of people were gathered outside the church snapping photos and gawking at the scene. 

One block away, Minister Wesley Tunstall, Jr. could only stand from afar while officers canvassed the church property. He says the victim did not go to his church, and whoever did this needs the gospel.

"It's wrong but you know, they don't know God and therefore they don't have a conscience," said Tunstall. "That’s why we're out here trying to establish the brotherhood, the unity back into the community so we can stop a lot of this crime."

Detectives are asking anyone who was in the area in the last 24 hours to call the Sarasota Police Department.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates on this story.

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