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Police: Miami teen jogger found dead was hit-and-run victim

By AP | May 18, 2021

MIAMI (AP) — Police are saying the death of a teenage Miami girl who disappeared while on a morning jog was caused by a hit-and-run driver.

The remains of Diana Gomez were found Sunday night by a relative off the 79th Street causeway near Pelican Harbor Marina, Miami police said. Her family and law enforcement had been searching for her since she disappeared Saturday morning.

Her uncle, Dennis Gomez, said he first spotted her shoes and her phone. He then spotted her body.

“I was screaming ‘Get up Diani! Get up. Please, get up,'” Gomez told WPLG Channel 10.

Police had originally suspected Diana Gomez was slain, but by Monday afternoon they had determined she had been struck by a gray or silver car that fled.

“It’s still a homicide,” said Assistant Miami Police Chief Armando Aguilar Jr. “But it’s a vehicular homicide.”