The naked body of a young girl found floating in Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon off the Courtney Campbell Causeway is suspected to be a child reported missing from Temple Terrace.
Felecia Williams, 9, vanished from the Doral Oaks apartment complex Friday afternoon when a woman taking care of her took a shower, according to police.
The child's mother, Felecia Demerson, said there was no reason for her daughter to leave the apartment.
"She was with a person that she trusted, so why would she run away from them if she did not fear them?" Demerson asked. "I want answers."
Demerson, 40, talked to the Temple Terrace police chief who told her the body found near Clearwater was likely that of her daughter.
"She didn't walk there. She didn't run away there. She didn't ride a bicycle there," Demerson said. "One thing that I know: she would have called me."
Temple Terrace police said the medical examiner is expected to make a positive identification on Sunday.
Michael Dunn, spokesman for the department, said the agency would not speculate on the circumstances that led to the girl's disappearance.
"We are following several leads," Dunn said.