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Police: Miami teen jogger found dead was hit-and-run victim

The girl’s body was found just feet away from missing person fliers created by her family.
Foul play is suspected in the death of a missing 16-year-old girl whose body was discovered Sunday night along a causeway near a Miami harbor, according to authorities.
Foul play is suspected in the death of a missing 16-year-old girl whose body was discovered Sunday night along a causeway near a Miami harbor, according to authorities. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published May 17
Updated May 17

MIAMI — Police are saying the death of a teenage Miami girl who disappeared while on a morning jog was caused by a hit-and-run driver.

The remains of Diana Gomez were found Sunday night by a relative off the 79th Street causeway near Pelican Harbor Marina, Miami police said. Her family and law enforcement had been searching for her since she disappeared Saturday morning.

Her uncle, Dennis Gomez, said he first spotted her shoes and her phone. He then spotted her body.

“I was screaming ‘Get up Diani! Get up. Please, get up,’” Gomez told WPLG Channel 10.

Police had originally suspected Diana Gomez was slain, but by Monday afternoon they had determined she had been struck by a gray or silver car that fled.

“It’s still a homicide,” said Assistant Miami Police Chief Armando Aguilar Jr. “But it’s a vehicular homicide.”