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Body found off Stock Island was a local missing woman

Police have identified a body found Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, off Stock Island.
Police have identified a body found Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, off Stock Island. File photo

The remains of a woman were found in the water off Stock Island on Sunday, two days after her family reported her missing.

She was identified as Alaniya Ylina Valido, 50, of 11th Avenue on Stock Island.

Her family said she had expressed thoughts of suicide but police did not release a cause of death.

“No foul play is suspected,” said Adam Linhardt, spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. “Valido was reported missing on Friday by family members concerned she intended to harm herself.

She was found about 30 feet from shore against some mangroves behind the barricades near 12th Avenue and 5th Street, police said.

“She was last seen around midnight Aug 2 after being picked up from the hospital (Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West), by a family member,” her daughter Yrenia Sala posted on Facebook. “She has been struggling lately with anxiety/depression and expressed thoughts of suicide.”

Kayakers from Fort Mill, South Carolina, found the remains after 12 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Autopsy results are pending.

Gwen Filosa covers Key West and the Lower Florida Keys for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald and lives in Key West. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Indiana University.
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