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Body of pregnant woman found in Indian River County canal identified

Investigators say Maria Guadalupe Romo, 33, found dead after someone reported 'creepy amount' of buzzards in neighborhood
Crime scene vans near where body found in canal in Indian River County, July 23, 2021
Posted at 11:55 PM, Jul 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 20:57:32-04

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — A body discovered in a Gifford canal has been identified as a pregnant woman.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that Maria Guadalupe Romo, 33, was found in the canal Friday afternoon.

Deputies were called to the area of 28th Avenue near 41st Street after someone reported a "creepy amount" of buzzards in the neighborhood.

When deputies arrived, they found a body in the water of the nearby canal.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Romo was 2 1/2 months pregnant.

Detectives are investigating her death as a homicide.