Rescue Group Says They’ve Found Remains of Missing Woman

Rescue Group Says They've Found Remains of Missing Woman

( – In May 2012, Sandra Lee Lemire drove her grandmother’s minivan to Kissimmee, Florida, to meet a man she met online and was never seen again. Police spoke to the mysterious man at the time but ruled him out as a suspect because he had a solid alibi. Still, her family suspected foul play. Now, her remains have reportedly been found.

On December 31, Sunshine State Sonar reported they recovered Lemire’s remains and personal belongings in a retention pond on the side of the highway near the exit to Disney World. The group started working with Orlando Police Department detectives in July 2022, searching 63 bodies of water looking for the missing mom. The authorities recently gave Sunshine State Sonar additional information that led them to the retention pond on December 30, 2023, where they located the minivan 14 feet under the water. They subsequently dove into the water, positively identified the license plate, and notified law enforcement.

The group said the recovery was a collaboration between the Florida Highway Patrol, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, AATR Orlando Towing & Recovery, and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Without the coordination between them, Lemire’s family might have been left without answers forever.

Lemire was a mother of three children who had been thinking the worst about their mother’s disappearance for the last 12 years. Her son, Timothy Lemire Jr., told WESH 2 News he was having many “mixed emotions” about the news but was glad she wasn’t “murdered or kidnapped.” His father, Timothy Lemire, said his son has been “through h*ll” over his mother’s disappearance. Now, her family can finally have a proper funeral and put her to rest as they try to heal.

Mike Sullivan, who runs the volunteer group that found Ms. Lemire, said he didn’t have much hope of finding the missing mom and suspected foul play. As it turns out, it appears her death was accidental.

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