Lake County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the body of a 28-year-old woman discovered in a wooded area just outside of Clermont early Friday.
Cheri Amber Houston was from Newnan, Ga., sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said Saturday afternoon.
Detectives believe that Houston had been in the Ocoee and Winter Garden areas along the Highway 50 corridor since March 31.
Houston was a transient and over the past 8-10 weeks had moved from Miami to Nashville, on to North Carolina, and then to the Atlanta area before coming to the Orlando area. Detectives have also learned that she has a history of drug abuse.
A woman walking her dog around 8:45 a.m. on Friday discovered the body about 300 feet from the intersection of Hancock and Hartwood Marsh roads.
The 5-foot, 2-inch strawberry blonde was found wearing denim Capri pants and a blue shirt. Detectives believe the body had been there fewer than 24 hours.
The sheriff’s office has not indicated there were any signs of foul play, but nevertheless are calling the death “suspicious.”
According to arrest logs published by the Times-Herald in Newnan, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office had booked Houston into its jail previously on charges of terrorist threats, loitering or prowling, disorderly conduct and felony violation of probation.
Herrell said detectives have gone door-to-door in the area to in an effort to determine if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious during the approximate time of death.
Anyone with information can call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 352-343-2101; or Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS, where callers may remain anonymous.