Harris' friend 'pretty confident it's her'

Posted at 10:11 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 22:31:52-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The softball team that's been missing a Fort Myers woman has been taking the field without their number two hitter.

50-year-old Alberta Harris has been missing since April 11, devastating her family and her teammates.

"She was a big part of all of our lives that played softball with her," Angie Becker, one of Harris's teammates said.

Becker has played softball with Harris for six years, and said Harris could run like the wind, but it's her positive spirit the team misses most.

"She was always the comedian on the team. She always tried to keep us motivated when we were losing," Becker said.

Since Harris's mysterious disappearance, her family and friends have been heartbroken, but were hopeful until the body of a woman was found in a wooded area of rural Hendry County.

Becker said a group of teens found the body. She spoke to the brother of one who described what they saw.

"That it was a black female, finger nails, tattoos. We're pretty confident that it is her," Becker said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement only confirmed the body was a woman's and they're investigating it as a homicide.

"In a way, it was a relief because now we don't have the 'not knowing' anymore," Becker said.

Instead of not knowing where she is, family and friends are left not knowing why someone would take Harris's life.

"She would never hurt anybody, so I can't imagine why someone would want to hurt her," Becker said.

FDLE said they expect to have a positive identification on the body sometime this week.

Meanwhile, Becker and the rest of Harris's team are organizing a softball tournament to raise money for her six kids' education.