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Death of teen whose body was found on Duke Energy Trail under investigation

Construction workers discovered the teen’s body behind the Countryside Recreation Center in Clearwater, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Pinellas detectives say the girl’s death appears to be drug-related, not criminal, at this time.
Pinellas detectives say the girl’s death appears to be drug-related, not criminal, at this time.
Published Nov. 22
Updated Nov. 22

A body found at the Duke Energy easement in Clearwater has been identified as a 16-year-old girl, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen’s body was discovered shortly after 7:30 a.m. Friday by construction workers who were working behind the Countryside Recreation Center, located at 2640 Sabal Springs Drive in Clearwater, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.

Pinellas detectives say the girl’s death appears to be drug-related, not criminal, at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.