Clearwater, Florida — From a beating and robbery at gunpoint to a group of teens attacking a woman, the Pinellas Trail has seen its share of violence this year. And, now, a dead body.
41-year-old Lydia Tross' body was found Saturday in a grassy ditch west of the Pinellas Trail and north of Fairmont Street.
"I've always felt safe along here," said Don Lacy who rides his bike daily along the Pinellas Trail.
That could change for him after Tross' body was found off of the Clearwater portion of the trail.
Lacy said he probably rode past her body without knowing it every day she was there.
"Eerie in a way, yeah for sure," he said.
Clearwater detectives are trying to put together a timeline of where Tross was before her boyfriend reported her missing on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
But the real question, what's being done to step up safety?
"Our chief has asked, in particular, our bike units to have an increased presence on the trail," said Clearwater Police spokesperson Rob Shaw.
After violence on the trail in St. Petersburg this year, city officials there said they wanted to add cameras as a layer of safety.
In Clearwater, Councilmember Doreen Hock-DiPolito says she's working with other cities along the trail to get cameras. She said having cameras is a "positive thing" and "enhancing for trail projects to have access" to them.
Hock-DiPolito added she hopes to have those cameras in place "very soon."
In the meantime, St. Petersburg and Clearwater Police are increasing their presence along Pinellas Trail in response to the violence.
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