Police searching for answers after woman found dead near Pinellas Trail

Missing since Tuesday

CLEARWATER, Fla. - We are waiting for word from the Pinellas County medical examiners office on how a woman who was found along the Pinellas Trail died.

Her name Lydia Tross and investigators are searching for clues, trying to discover how her her body ended up in a grassy ditch near the Pinellas Trail north of Fairmont Street.

"We are not sure exactly how she died yet, but until we figure out what it's classified as, we are asking for help from the public, if anybody saw her around the period of time when she was reported missing, that Tuesday/Wednesday time frame, to let us know when and where and how you saw her," said Clearwater police spokesperson Rob Shaw,

We are told Tross lived with her boyfriend in the Highland Park Apartments about two miles from where her body was found Saturday afternoon.

Police say her boyfriend is the one who reported her missing four days earlier. He did not want to comment when we reached him today.

On Facebook, a page listed as Lydia's has messages from loved ones. Some posted when she first went missing last week.

One friend wrote she left her apartment on foot to take a walk as she would often do to cool down if she was upset.

Roger Richardson lives steps from where Tross was found and he rides his homemade bike here daily.

"I go everywhere, I go out to Clearwater beach. I go everywhere," said Richardson.

He says he feels safe on the trail, but this latest discovery has him worried, especially when it comes to his 11-year-old daughter.

"It's disturbing, yes it is. For this area, we checked on the computer and there are 150 child molesters around my house," he said.

Police say they right now they are stepping up bike patrols in the area.

Meanwhile other parts of the trail, in St. Petersburg are set to get dozens of security cameras after some violent incidents.

But there are no plans as of yet for cameras on this section in Clearwater.

Anyone with information about Lydia Tross is asked to call Clearwater Police at 727-562-4242.

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