A dive team in Florida claims to have found the body of a woman who went missing 11 years ago.

Sunshine State Sonar said their search team located the body of Sandra Lemire submerged in a van in a pond near Disney World. The group posted photos and videos of a red van being pulled from the pond in Orlando.

According to police, Lemire was last seen leaving her grandmother’s home in Orlando in 2012. Police said she was on her way to Kissimmee to meet a man she had met online through a dating service. Police said she frequently met and dated men through the internet.

She was last seen leaving a Kissimmee restaurant driving her grandmother’s 2004 red Ford Freestyle van. 

Van found in pond near Disney World with human remains inside

Police are working to identify the remains of body found in the van. (Sunshine State Sonar)

Orlando Police confirmed that a 2004 Ford van was found in a body of water on World Drive on Sunday.

Osceola Sheriff’s deputies and the Orange County Sheriffs Dive team assisted in the response.

Florida Highway Patrol on the scene of the van recovery

The Florida Highway Patrol has taken over the case to determine how the van ended up inside the pond.  (Sunshine State Sonar)

Police are working to identify the remains found inside the van. When questioned, police would not comment on whether or not the body was Sandra Lemire.

Officials said the Florida Highway Patrol is handling the traffic crash investigation. 

A preliminary report by the FHP states that a Ford Freestar van was traveling on the State Road 417 southbound exit ramp to World Drive when, for unknown reasons, the van’s driver ran off the roadway and entered a retention pond. 

As a result of the crash, officers stated that the van became completely submerged. The specific date and time of the crash remains under investigation.

Lemire’s son, Timothy Lemire, mourned his mother on Facebook.

“It looks like she took a exit ramp a little to quick and went straight into the water,” Lemire wrote. “What hurts the most is me thinking about if she suffered… or if she knew that she was trapped and couldn’t get out! It kills me to even think that she knew she was gonna to pass.. I just don’t know how to take it.”

“I just wish I could of had the chance to say goodbye to her,” he continued.

The medical examiner’s office will provide an update once they have positively identified the deceased, police said. 

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