Woman found dead in wheelchair outside Miami Publix

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are investigating after a woman was found unresponsive in her wheelchair outside a Publix in Miami.

Bystanders noticed the woman in her 50s slumped over in her wheelchair and called police to check up on her, just before 7:30 a.m., Friday.

City of Miami Police and Miami Fire Rescue responded to the Publix Supermarket located at 311 SW 7th St.

Locals in the area said they recognized her because she had frequented the shopping center.

Fire rescue crews examined the woman and discovered several puncture wounds in her chest area.

“There was no weapon located on the scene,” said Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva, “They located puncture wounds near the victim’s chest area.”

Police said the woman is homeless, and they have not yet located any family members.

While police have not identified the woman, she’s known to her peers in the homeless community as Paulina.

They reacted emotionally to the tragic incident.

“She had a heart. Paulina would give anybody anything,” said a choked up Mona Creamer.

She believes the victim has family in the area.

“We know she does somewhere in Miami,” said Creamer. “We think Miami Springs.”

The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene and the cause of death remains under investigation, pending an autopsy.

If you have any information on this woman’s death, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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