Body believed to be missing mother found in submerged car
Updated On: Mar 04 2014 05:37:50 PM EST
Orlando police say they found a body believed to be a 39-year-old mother who has been missing for weeks.
Carline Brumaire Jean was last seen February 9 leaving her job at the royal Pacific Hotel near Universal Orlando.
On Monday, a worker at the hotel noticed bushes in a rear parking lot had been displaced, then saw a hubcap floating in a nearby retention pond.
Police say they pulled the Toyota to the surface and found remains inside. The car matches the description of the car Jean was seen driving. It's believed the remains are hers, but the medical examiner will make the final determination.
"It's something that you never forget about. It's going to stay on your mind the whole time. It's really tough," said Enel Brumaire-Jean, after hearing the news that his wife's body may have been found.
The last time Brumaire-Jean saw his wife, she was leaving for her housekeeping job at Loews Royal Pacific Resort near Universal. She only had an 8-mile drive home, but the 39-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy had only ever driven three times after moving from Haiti.
For weeks, family members have been putting fliers around town in hopes of finding her alive.
"We were hoping for a better outcome, but unfortunately this is what happened," said Vor Panick Colas, a friend of the family. "There are still a lot of questions that remain unanswered, but we believe the Orange County Sheriff's Office did the best they could. Unfortunately it was a tragic accident."
"We want to thank the sheriff's department -- the entire sheriff's department -- they did a great job. They did the best they can, but why does it take 30 days to find her?" said family friend, Dunel Cadely.
At this time, police say there is no sign of foul play.
The medical examiner will positively identify the body and determine the cause of death.
Jacky Cheri, president of United Haitains Living Abroad held a news conference outside Universal on Tuesday, questioning if the sheriff's office did everything that could have been done to find Brumaire Jean.