Somehow, Heather Rose Strickland, 34, was found dead in a bedding and garbage bag off the Florida coast. Federal investigators want to unravel the mystery surrounding her disturbing death.
“We love her very much,” her father John Strickland told WFLA. “She was a kind person. She had some issues with mental illness, but she was a kind person and no one deserves that.”
“The worst thing for me is how she was kicked out”, stepmother Sherry Strickland told The Tampa Bay Times. “She was human”
Heather was found swimming off the shore of Egmont Key, an island park in Pinellas County, Florida, federal investigators said.
“The United States Coast Guard received a call just before noon on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from a group of fishermen who discovered the body 13 miles off the coast of Pinellas County, Florida.” said the FBI. “The body was found wrapped in bedding in a plastic garbage bag.”
The cause of death is reportedly still pending while authorities await the results of the toxicology report.
Heather Rose Strickland was last seen Dec. 5 exiting HCA Florida Largo Hospital at 201 14th Street Southwest in Largo, Florida, authorities said.
“Strickland is originally from the North Florida area and has spent the last five years in the Clearwater-St. Petersburg,” the FBI said.
Largo, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg are each part of Pinellas County.
John and Sherrie described that Heather had long struggled with mental illness. Things got worse over time. She also became addicted to drugs, they said.
“One day she was pretending to be 6 years old and the next day she was at her best,” John said Times.
Sherrie said she last spoke to her stepdaughter a few weeks ago. Heather was in a psychiatric hospital in Key Largo, she said. Sherrie said she urged Heather to come to the Lake City area, where she and John live in Columbia County, Florida.
Federal investigators are asking everyone for information that can help them figure out what led to Heather Rose Strickland’s death.
From the FBI:
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the FBI Field Office in Tampa at (813) 253-1000. You can also contact your local FBI officethe next American Embassy or Consulateor you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
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