Mother 'numb' after daughter's body discovered in Bonita Springs

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A Bonita Springs mother said her family is "numb" after Lee County sheriff's deputies discovered her daughter's body over the weekend.

"We're numb. I don't know what to say because I don't know what's happened myself," said Denise Miller, the mother of Darla Miller, 22, whose body was found near a trailer Saturday at 27966 Oakland Drive in Bonita Springs. Deputies found the body after responding to a 911 call around 8 a.m.

Denise Miller said she last saw her daughter on Thursday. Her daughter was happy and "normal" when she left the house last week, she said.

Fighting back tears, Denise Miller said she wants people to know her daughter was beautiful and had many friends.

"She wouldn't have brought harm to anybody," she said. "I don't know who would do this to her."

The Lee County Sheriff's Office did not release any additional details about Darla Miller's death Tuesday. Authorities have not said how they believe she died, but reported on Saturday that there is no reason to suspect the neighborhood is in any danger.

There have been no arrests in the case, the Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

Denise Miller shared a home with her daughter in the 25000 block of Stillwell Parkway, about 6 miles from where Darla Miller's body was discovered. Denise Miller said as soon as her daughter's body is released, they will begin funeral arrangements.

"We all just want peace," Miller said.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000. A cash reward of up to $1,000 may be available by calling Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 (TIPS).

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