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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.
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.
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 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.