MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A mystery in northwest Miami-Dade Tuesday night after the body of a nude person was found by a car.
It was originally believed that the victim was a woman after hearing from a series of witnesses. Now detectives say it was a man.
Miami-Dade police descended on this scene NW 75th St. and 31st Ave.
Detectives released a new flyer identifying the victim as 31-year-old Jimmy Naun Benitez Gonzalez and they are asking for help from the community.
It was a startling discovery for those living and working in this area, which is a mixture of businesses, warehouses and homes.
“It’s not an area that something like this normally happens. Somebody left this car here in the morning,” said Serafin Hernandez, who works nearby.
Orlando Meirles was originally called by someone to check out the car at around 6 a.m. because it was blocking his driveway.
“There was a car parked here and they called me because they could not get out. I checked with a flashlight to see if anyone was in the car. I went around the car and I saw the body on the other side,” he said.
Meirles said Gonzalez was dead and he called police. He also said Gonzalez was completely nude except for a blouse he was wearing and had scratches on his hands and arms. Meirles added he was stunned by the blood that had dried around the body.
Meirles and some other witnesses originally thought the victim was a female.
One witness with medical experience told cbs4 he checked gonzalez’s pulse but he could not help him.
One witness with medical experience told CBS4 he checked the woman’s pulse but he could not help her.
Neighbors said they have questions about what happened here.
“Just, why it happened? Who it was? Was it a drug deal that went wrong?” said Jeff Horowitz.
Detectives spent nearly six hours at the scene, looking for whatever clues they could find.
Neighbors said it’s a dark area at nighttime where people have been known to park.
Miami-Dade police have not said if they suspect foul play. They have not released the woman’s name or said how she died.
They are looking for surveillance tape that is useful and hope witnesses or those with information will come forward.
If you can help them, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $3,000.