911 caller saw missing woman's car drive into pond, Orlando police say
Updated On: Mar 05 2014 06:42:29 PM EST
Orlando police on Wednesday revealed that a 911 call was placed about a car going into a pond the same day a woman was reported missing near Universal Orlando, although her body wasn't recovered until weeks later.
[AUDIO: 911 call]
Carline Brumaire-Jean was last seen Feb. 9 leaving her job at the Royal Pacific Hotel near Universal Orlando. OPD said Orange County Sheriff's Office found Brumaire-Jean's vehicle and body submerged in a pond Monday at 7 p.m.
OPD said it received a 911 call on Feb. 9, from a witness who reported seeing a car in a pond near the area where Brumaire-Jean was ultimately found, according to police.
"We're on the highway and I saw a car in, that just went in, I didn't see it go in, but it's in like a lake? And there's somebody in the car," the caller said.
Dispatchers then asked where the caller was.
"We're on Highway 4, we just left Universal Studios, it's by like a big hotel that's being built with lots of caulk on the windows," the caller said. "The pond is like right in front of it, but there's a car in there and there;s there's definitely somebody in it."
OPD said they had investigated the area but found no evidence of a vehicle or crash incident and contacted the witness who called into 911, but were still unable to find anything, so the lake was not searched with helicopters or divers.
"The officers got there, walked out on foot, walked along the pond area and did not find anything," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
OPD also said the responding officers were not aware of OCSO's missing person investigation, according to a release.
Orlando police ordered an extensive and thorough internal investigation into the incident and why it took 23 days for officers to find the mother, according to an OPD release. A review of OPD policies and procedures was also ordered, including officer training practices.
In addition, OPD said they are working with OCSO Sheriff Jerry Demings on immediate interagency coordination between the two departments with cases involving multiple jurisdictions.
Deputies also revealed new details about Brumaire-Jean and her husband.
"The person representing himself as Brumaire's husband is actually her brother," said Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "They may have tried to get the sister over into the U.S. from Haiti."
There is no timeframe on the OPD internal investigation, but police said they have notified Brumaire-Jean's family of the investigation.