PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Palm Beach Gardens police have confirmed the identity of the woman whose body was found in a wooded area near The Gardens Mall Saturday.
She has been identified as Margeaux Greenwald of Boynton Beach.
At one time she worked as the manager of Stepping Stones, a substance abuse sober living treatment facility.
Friends say she spent the last couple of years helping addicts turn their lives around, but stopped working at the facility about a year ago.
“She really made a big impact on our community here and she helped a lot of people because a lot of people did know her at one time or another and knew her,” said Lauren Meyers of Stepping Stones.
Her father says based on what police and friends have told him, something very bad happened to his daughter.
"I definitely suspect foul play. I can't get those images out of my mind even though I'm not entirely sure what happened. From the bits and pieces I got from the police and other people it was horrific,” Larry Greenwald said.
Police said they found the body on Kyoto Drive, just north of PGA Boulevard and west of RCA Center Drive, after receiving a tip.
The wooded area is between Interstate 95 and the Downtown at the Gardens shopping mall.
Police have not yet released a cause of death and they were careful not to release details Wednesday.
According to a report from Boynton Beach police, officers talked to Greenwald last Tuesday because she was staying in a home without the owner’s permission.
According to the report, she told officers she had the owner’s daughter's permission to be there.
The report says officers later found someone trying to break into the home claiming that Greenwald may have overdosed.
Greenwald's father says his daughter struggled with addiction for many years, but turned her life around.
He says for the past five weeks they haven't spoken and he worries she may have relapsed.
"We understand that relapse is part of the program but we were hoping and praying that Margeaux was beyond that. Evidently she wasn't," Greenwald said.
Greenwald does not believe his daughter died from an overdose, and says based on information he is receiving foul play is involved.
"I feel it in my heart...I feel that something very bad happened," Greenwald said.