Body found in brush fire identified as that of 21-year-old woman

An autopsy was conducted on Saleha Huuda and officials say the case hasn't yet been ruled a homicide.

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 7:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 7:47 p.m.

Alachua County detectives have identified a woman found dead Thursday in a brush fire.

Saleha Huuda, 21, of Gainesville, was identified Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters found her badly burned body around 2:40 a.m. Thursday while responding to a small brush fire along County Road 225, just north of the Gainesville Raceway.

Art Forgey, spokesman for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, said an autopsy was conducted Friday but that the case is an "active, ongoing investigation" and no details are being released.

The case hasn't yet been ruled a homicide, he said.

"I anticipate that it will be, but it hasn't been at this point," he said.

Huuda was identified through two distinct tattoos that she had and a missing person's report filed by her parents, Forgey said.

Detectives are seeking information on her activities in the days before her death and anyone who had contact with her. Anyone with information may call 955-1818.

Callers also may remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a reward of as much as $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 372-STOP (7867).

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