Body of Missing Individual Found Near Disney After 10 Years

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A discovery on World Drive outside of Walt Disney World led to the recovery of a missing person after over ten years.

A report was given at 8:30 a.m. that a Ford Freestar van was discovered in the retention pond off of State Road 417 going southbound on the exit ramp to World Drive.


Sunshine State Sonar, Facebook

The combination of new tips from the Orlando Police Department and sonar earlier this week helped with the discovery. A private dive team, Sonar State Sonar, recovered the van and discovered the human remains in the 14 feet of water.

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Although the Orlando Police Department has not released any additional information regarding the crash and recovery, Sunshine State Sonar, the private group, did. On their social media page, the group posted that the vehicle was tied to the missing Orlando woman, Sandra Lemire.


Sandra Lemire disappeared on May 8, 2012, after leaving her grandmother’s home in Orlando, FL, to meet a man she’d be in communication with within Kissimmee, FL. Driving her grandmother’s red 2004 Ford Freestar minivan, Lemire did call her grandmother to let her know she had arrived safely at her destination. Even though Lemire promised to call her grandmother once she left, to this day, she has never received any other communication.

Although the man Lemire was visiting was ruled out as a suspect, police continue to believe foul play could have been involved in her disappearance. To find Lemire, the Orlando Police Department searched over 63 bodies of water with no luck.


Sunshine State Sonar

Sunshine State Sonar is dedicated to finding missing persons, vehicles, or vessels believed to be in waterways. They work alongside law enforcement agencies using sonar to help their recovery efforts.

Thanks to their hard work and the hard work of the Orlando Police Department, Sandra Lemire is finally home, and her family can find peace after over ten years of uncertainty.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

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