Woman's body discovered in SUV in suburban Boca Raton

PBSO actively investigating death in western Boca

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Residents of a suburban Boca Raton neighborhood were watching and waiting Monday night after a woman's body was found inside a vehicle on the side of the road.

The victim has been identified as 56-year-old Susan Roberts from unincorporated Boca Raton.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating her death as a homicide. 

Neighbors say the vehicle in which that body was found may have been sitting in the same spot for days. For hours, detectives searched the Lexus SUV for clues and evidence. The vehicle was towed from the scene at about 10 p.m.

"It's a messed up world," said neighbor Daniel Kelly, who wants to know what happened so close to his home.

"Doesn't really matter where you live, rich or poor, you're going to have this happen eventually," he said.

The nature of Roberts' death has not been revealed by investigators.

A PBSO spokesperson would not say how long the body may have been in the Lexus.   

"I was stunned and it happened right here in our neighborhood," said resident Amanda Montanaro.

"It just scares me that it might be someone that I know," said neighbor Ashley Eskin, who wonders who the deceased person is.

"Bad stuff does happen here but at the same time, there's more good people than bad people that live here," she said.


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