Sheriff: Missing Haines City woman committed suicide

Yanela Lorente was reported missing.

HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Haines City woman who was reported missing committed suicide, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.

Search crews discovered the body of Yanela Lorente, 28, on Friday morning. Her body was discovered in a wooded area at the Hilochee Wildlife Management area in Polk County.

“All initial information leads us to believe we have found Miss Lorente,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference that was held shortly after the discovery of the body.

“Our hearts are broken, we had all hoped for the best,” said Judd.

Later on Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office confirmed that the body found was that of Yanela Lorente. The sheriff’s office also said that an autopsy determined that she committed suicide and died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“This was not the outcome we were hoping for. We are deeply saddened for Yanela’s family. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said Judd.

Investigators previously said Lorente’s disappearance was suspicious.  She was last seen by her boyfriend and their male roommate when she left their home on Cherokee Avenue Sunday afternoon. She was last heard from later that night when she contacted a family member. She was reported missing on Monday, the same day her car was found along Old Polk City Road.

Lorente’s family has been posting flyers around nearby neighborhoods and where her car was last seen. On Friday, they said during their news conference they have not given up hope. “We’re devastated,” said her sister Yanisleidi Lorente.  “We’re hoping we find something.  And, we’re hoping someone reaches out.

The woman’s boyfriend and their roommate said she left their Haines City home abruptly on Sunday.  Investigators tell News Channel 8 the men talked to them briefly about the disappearance, but they are now uncooperative.

Family members talked to Yanela four to times a week, and when she stopped communicating Sunday into Monday, they got alarmed.

Haines City Police Chief James Elensky said Lorente left her home to “blow off some steam” after an argument with her boyfriend over computer games.

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