Deputies find body in search for missing elderly woman

Osceola County deputies are investigating the disappearance of Ora "Lea" Hawkins.

- Investigators with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office have discovered a body behind the home of a missing St. Cloud woman, though they will not confirm if it is the body of 79-year-old Lea Hawkins.  

 Deputies are calling the death suspicious. 

Deputies had been searching the area off of Lake Shore Drive for Hawkins, who was last seen on Saturday afternoon and reported missing by a family member.

Hawkins' family says she told them she was going to travel to Colorado with a friend from church.

Deputies became concerned after seeing Hawkins car in the driveway, and they said her cell phone was also turned off.  

They are questioning someone about the death but will not release any additional information. The Medical Examiner is on scene. 

 

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