Woman's body hit several times on I-4 in Orlando; crashed car found nearby, police say

Orlando police said they found a woman dead on Interstate 4 (I-4) late Thursday night, forcing the closure of the eastbound lanes near Orange Blossom Trail for hours during the investigation.

According to police, around 11:30 p.m., they received several calls of vehicles hitting what appeared to be a human body on I-4 eastbound near the Orange Blossom Trail exit. 

"When officers arrived on scene, an adult female victim was found deceased on the interstate roadway and an unattended-crashed vehicle was located at the off-ramp, from I-4 onto OBT southbound," police said in a press release.

The victim was identified as 39-year-old Teqilla L. Shepherd. Police said she was the registered owner of the vehicle that was found crashed.

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The eastbound lanes of I-4 were shut down for about 12 hours as law enforcement worked to divert traffic away from the area during the investigation. The lanes have since reopened.

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Video from SKYFOX showed investigators taking photos of a car that was smashed up on the side of the road near the scene of the shutdown. The car was later towed away.

"At this time, we have more questions than answers," police said. Detectives are working to determine what led to this incident and Shepherd's death.

Anyone with information on who she may have been with or if you have dashcam video, police are asking you to call OPD immediately or call Crimeline to report a tip anonymously at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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