Tiffany Nelson identified as woman whose remains were found in a garbage bag in Lake Worth

Victim was stripper who struggled with addiction

A young stripper who struggled with drug addiction has been identified as the murder victim whose remains were found in a garbage bag in Lake Worth.

Tiffany Nelson, 20, of the 600 block of L Street in Lake Worth, was named as the victim in the case by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a suspicious odor in the 1300 block of South L Street in Lake Worth the morning of Oct. 29. They arrived to find what appeared to be human remains wrapped in a garbage bag in front of an abandoned house.

The remains were transported to the medical examiner's office, where and autopsy was completed.

The cause of death was found to be homicide, but no further information was released. Nelson's family has been notified, a Sheriff's spokeswoman said.

According to her Facebook page, Nelson was entertainer and model at T's Lounge in West Palm Beach. She also attended the Florida Culinary Institute and posted about her intention to stay sober.

But in recent months, Nelson had been arrested twice, once for trespassing in May and a second time on Sept. 27 for carrying a crack pipe.

According to the Sept. 27 arrest report, Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a possible prostitute at Sixth Avenue South and Federal Highway in Lake Worth. Deputies arrived to find Nelson talking to a man in a white Mercedes Benz and about to get into the car. When a deputy searched Nelson and found a glass pipe, Nelson began to cry and said she had wished she had left the pipe, the arrest report stated.

She was charged with possession of paraphernalia.

On May 2, a deputy patrolling the 700 block of South H Street in Lake Worth saw a female loitering in front of an apartment building. Nelson was issued a trespassing violation and released, according to an arrest report

Nelson was later arrested on July 28 and held for two days in custody after failing to appear in court, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

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