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Woman dies after found suffering from life-threatening trauma in St. Pete park

St. Pete detectives seek info on what happened
Woman found badly injured in park in St. Pete
Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 18:18:43-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Police are seeking information about a woman who was found badly injured in a St. Petersburg park on Thursday morning.

According to St. Pete PD, just after 11:30 a.m. on March 1, a city park worker discovered 43-year-old Christie L. New suffering from life-threatening trauma in Lake Maggiore Park.

She was taken to Bayfront Hospital where she died Wednesday (March 7) morning of her injuries. 

"It’s a shame, that’s all I can say, it’s a shame," Joe Ross said.  "I’m hoping that we can find something I’m hoping that somebody knows something."

A lot of families go to the park with their kids to play on the playground, have picnics, or fish. People were shocked to learn New was found clinging to life in such a peaceful place.

"That’s crazy because we come out here often and bring the kids," "Latoya Armstead-Wells said.  "We’ve never heard of anything like this happening, so it’s pretty scary."

Police said New was last seen in the area of 54th Ave. North and Haines Road. They hope someone was in that area and might have seen New with someone or have information about what happened to her.

Investigators are looking for any tips or leads the public may have regarding New or the circumstances surrounding the trauma that caused her death. 

Please text "SPPD" and your anonymous tip to TIP-411, or call SPPD's non-emergency line at 727-893-7780. Refer to case# 2018-009175.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward (of up to $3,000) for information that leads to the arrest in this case. Anyone with any information who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.