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PBSO: Body found in canal believed to be missing woman

Denise Laquilla Ford was last seen in the Lake Park area
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Posted at 3:13 PM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 19:00:30-04

LAKE PARK, Fla. — Authorities are investigating after a woman's body was found floating in a lake at a Palm Beach County apartment complex Thursday morning.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the San Marco Villa Apartments, near the 700 block of Venice Circle, at 8:35 a.m.

When they arrived, they were met by a maintenance worker who located the body.

According to officials, the body is believed to be that of Denise Laquilla Ford.

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San Marco Villa Apartments, lake where body found on Nov. 4, 2021.
The woman's body was pulled from a lake at the San Marco Villa Apartments on Nov. 4, 2021.

"She's a nurse. She's a good person and tried to help people," said the victim's cousin Jerkita McClorin-Newson.

Ford was reported missing by deputies on Wednesday and was classified as an endangered missing person investigation.

Officials said she may have been having some type of mental episode and making suicidal statements.

"We just wish that somebody would just help us to figure out what happened," McClorin-Newson said.

Investigators said she left on foot leaving behind her car phone and personal items.

No foul play is suspected.