Woman identified after burned body found

Jordan Bowen reports

St. Petersburg police identified the body found on fire in an alley last week.

Monday, police said the body was identified as 31-year-old Heather Elizabeth Olmstead. County records show she has lived in Gulfport and Clearwater, and was most recently described as a transient in December 2021.

Last Thursday, fire crews responded to the alley behind the 2900 block of Emerson Avenue South around 12:30 a.m. After the flames were extinguished, officials said the body was revealed.

Previous coverage: Burned body found in alley

When firefighters responded to a fire in a St. Pete alley early Thursday morning, they extinguished the flames — only to discover a burned body.

Police are continuing to investigate what led up to Olmstead’s death and an exact cause of death has not been determined. 

READ: St. Pete woman arrested for murder after boyfriend’s body was found inside apartment, police say

Anyone with information is asked to call St. Pete detectives at 727-893-7780.

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