Police believe to have found the body of missing Tampa woman, Apryl Foster, who has been missing for 10 days.
On Sunday Feb. 22, police recovered a submerged vehicle from the bottom of Mango Lake, only one mile from where the 33-year-old waitress was living. Residents in the area informed the County Sheriff’s Office in Hillsborough about a Chevy Aveo that was seen drive down a boat ramp and then hitting the surface of the lake. This event was also captured on security camera.
There was only one person recovered from the car and the clothes worn were a match to what Apryl was last seen wearing before she disappeared. Officials are now waiting for the Medical Examiner’s Office in order to make an official identification.
Apryl Foster was working at the Lani Kai on Fort Myers Beach. She was last seen in Ybor City at about 2.30 a.m. when she allegedly left a karaoke bar, accompanied by a man. Authorities later found out that the man was a different person from her former husband or her current boyfriend.
A press conference was held on Sunday by Major James Burton, Commander of the Special Investigations Division with the purpose of discussing what police found up until then.
Although the case cannot be closed, the latest clues did provide April’s parents with some sort of relief. Her mother, Peggy Beman even discussed the possibility of having a “celebration of life” in April’s honor, somewhere in the future.
In a recent statement, Ms. Beman described her current emotional state:
“We just know she’s with Jesus now. We are so thankful because, for me, I just couldn’t imagine not having closure with something like this. We know she is looking at the eyes of Jesus.”
Her father was thanked everyone who shared their daughter’s information: “We want to thank the police department, the media, and everyone. We want to thank the city of Tampa for pouring out your love to us, with the posters and the billboards. We miss our girl. ”
Police officials are now waiting for the medical examiner results but stated they had no reason to believe that the body retrieved form the car was not April’s.
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