Police: Port Orange woman found dead in canal, ruled suspicious

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PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Port Orange Police identified the woman who was found dead in a canal Friday afternoon.

A construction crew discovered the body of 55-year-old Deborah Lane in a culvert off Dunlawton Avenue.

Police are calling her death suspicious and said there will be an autopsy Monday morning to determine cause of death.

Police said witnesses had seen her frequently walking in the area. Investigators said she is not a transient but they cannot explain how she ended up in a drainage ditch near popular restaurants and stores.

They said they have no reason to believe she is not from the area.