UPDATE: The Panama City Police Department continues to investigate the death of a white female that
was found in a wooded area in the 400 block of E. 15th Street on January 6, 2013, at
approximately 11:00 am.
The female has been identified as Ramona L. Ennis, 42 years of age. Her next of kin has been notified.
Following an autopsy that was conducted on January 7, 2013, foul play has been ruled out. The cause of death is believed to be of natural causes.
A woman's body was discovered in the woods off 15th Street around 11 o'clock Sunday morning. A citizen entered the woods near the busy Panama City roadway and made a startling discovery.
Now, police are trying to piece together the facts.
"I believe the medical examiner places time of death somewhere between the last 24 to 48 hours," said Acting Police Chief Scott Ervin.
The woman's body was found about 50 to 60 yards back in the woods. Although Chief Ervin could not confirm or deny if foul play is suspected a death investigation is ongoing.
"At this point there doesn't appear to be any signs of trauma," said Ervin. "But, we will be pending results of the autopsy that will be conducted in the morning."
Acting Chief Ervin says the area appeared to be the site of a camp of some kind, but it is not clear whether the woman was staying there alone or with others.
"Due to the amount of debris that's back there that is a possibility," said Chief Ervin. "But, we will have to look at that. We have to be meticulous and go through the items that are there just to make sure that we've checked every aspect of that camp."
Employees of a nearby business said they have encountered transients in the past on and around the property. Chief Ervin said the woman had no identification on her when the body was discovered and investigators are still trying to determine her identity so they can notify next of kin.