Teen found dead in burned car

Published: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 11:42 p.m.

HAINES CITY — Human remains found in the trunk of a burned car are thought to be those of a missing Haines City teen, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Angelia Michelle Headrick, 17, of Haines City, was reported missing Thursday evening by her grandmother after she didn't return home, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said Saturday. The car and the remains were found Friday in a Babson Park orange grove.

Headrick, of 6190 Hatchineha Road, was last seen alive Wednesday. The vehicle in which the body was found, a silver 2001 Mitsubishi Galant, is registered to her.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said he can't confirm the identity of the remains until autopsy results are complete.

"We will not know positively until the medical examiner has completed his investigation, but preliminary indications are that the remains are hers — a beautiful, blonde-hair, 17-year-old girl," Judd said in a news release Saturday.

A woman who answered the phone at Headrick's home declined to comment Saturday night.

Headrick was known to sell cannabis and cocaine, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A grove worker noticed a fire Thursday about 1:30 p.m., but thought it was other workers burning downed orange trees. It wasn't until Friday afternoon when he was in that part of the grove spraying trees that he discovered the charred car. The worker called the Sheriff's Office, and deputies found the human remains in the trunk.

The grove off North Lake Patrick Road is about half an hour south of Headrick's home, which sits on a rural highway surrounded by groves.

Anyone with information about Headrick's activities since she was last seen or her disappearance is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (863) 533-0344. Callers can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

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