42-year-old single mother of five found murdered in Duette orange grove

DUETTE, Fla. - A 42-year-old singlemother of five was fatally shot while working at a grove in Duette onThursday.

When Maria Moralez did not return to the company barn at her usual time, a co-worker went looking for her and discovered her body in a tractor and called 911.

The orange grove is located in the 42000 block of State Road 62 in Duette. Moralez lived in Bowling Green in Hardee County.

Detective have not released the names of any potential suspects.

Anyone with information on Moralez' murder is asked to call Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2159 or Manatee County Crime Stopppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

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