On the same night a vigil was underway, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office identified a body found in Hendry County as that of a missing school nurse late Friday.
The death of Kimberly Lindsey, 49, who was last seen on Oct. 27 is now being investigated as a homicide, authorities said.
Authorities say Lindsey’s body was removed from the home and taken to a remote area near Clewiston, where it was discovered Wednesday in a sugar cane field, investigators said.
Following news of the body being found, Lindsey’s eldest daughter Sarah Lambert, 20, held out hope that it would not be her mother’s. She described Lindsey as the “best mother” and the “most loving person out there.”
Thousands of people lent their support on a Facebook page titled “Find Kim Lindsey.” Some on the page remembered her as a caring relative, co-worker, friend and their child’s school nurse. She worked at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.
Many attempted to comfort Lindsey’s daughters with words on the Facebook page: “Our collective arms are around you and will remain so,” one supporter wrote.
On Monday, when Lindsey missed work at the West Palm Beach school, colleagues called deputies to do a welfare check at her home.
That afternoon, the Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying that Lindsey was missing under suspicious circumstances and was considered endangered.
Lindsey was last heard from after visiting her daughter Sofia, 18, at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, according to Lambert.
She returned home from that trip on Oct. 27, she said.
The cause of death is still to be determined.
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Palm Beach County school nurse's body found
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