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Heather Strickland’s stepmother can recall a sound she remembers with joy — a sound she will never hear again. It is the sound of laughter, coming from the daughter who was found dumped in a trash bag 13 miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The FBI on Friday identified Strickland, 34, as the woman whose body was found by fishermen on Dec. 10, according to WWSB-TV.
Strickland was last seen alive leaving a hospital in Largo on Dec. 5.
“She didn’t deserve this. Whatever happens, no person deserves this,” Strickland’s stepmother, Sherrie Strickland, told the Tampa Bay Times.
Mental health issues that stalked their daughter much of her life merged with drug addiction as she grew older, according to Sherrie Strickland and Heather’s dad, John Strickland.
Their daughter spent time in mental health facilities, they said.
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