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Family Of Utah Woman Found Dead In Lake Behind Florida Hotel Believe Her Death Is An Accident
Police haven’t yet released a cause of death for Kelly Glover — but her family said she had been a sleepwalker since she was a little girl.
The body of a Utah woman was recovered by police from behind a Fort Lauderdale hotel on Jan. 11.
Kelly Glover, a healthcare professional from Salt Lake City, had been reported missing just two days before her body was found submerged in a lake behind a Westin hotel around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Fort Lauderdale Police said in a statement to Oxygen.com. Officials are awaiting a medical examiner’s report regarding her cause of death.
Although authorities haven’t released a cause of death, police don’t suspect she was murdered.
Glover was reported missing on Jan. 9 and was apparently last seen trekking down a staircase with no shoes on around 2 a.m. on Thursday, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. She was in Florida on a business trip.
The woman’s family suspects she accidentally drowned.
“Talking with the authorities, I don’t think she was suffering for very long,” Bryce Glover, the woman’s father, told Oxygen.com.
The father called his daughter’s death a “tragic accident.” While the woman’s family is baffled as to how she died, her father said she had a past history with sleepwalking, and said it’s possible that’s what led her to the body of water behind her hotel.
“Ever since she was a little girl she sleepwalked,” Glover added. “I think that could be a big part of it; if that’s the answer, I don’t know.”
However, Glover’s husband, Adam Bremer, previously told local media that he didn’t believe his wife was a sleepwalker, WPLG reported. Bremer, who said his wife was staying with a friend, said the friend awoke to find Glover missing around 4 a.m. on Thursday.
“My wife was nowhere to be found, and the door was left open,” he told the outlet.
Glover’s phone and purse were found in the hotel room, her spouse said.
“She left it in the room and that’s the last we’ve seen of her,” Bremer said. “We text each other every morning. I get up before her. I hadn’t heard from her by 9 a.m. I knew something was wrong, sent a few more. The second her friend called me, I already knew.”
The hotel’s management wasn’t immediately available to make a statement on Monday.
Glover had only married her husband, Bremer, an Amazon employee in Salt Lake City, last November, the woman’s family said. The newlyweds were supposed to close a sale on a new house this week. The 37-year-old’s father said they were picking out appliances for the home prior to his daughter’s death. They’ve since halted the sale.
“Life was excellent [for them],” Bryce Glover said. “Her and her husband were having a ball enjoying what they do.”
The grieving father said the last time he saw his daughter was on Dec. 29 at a family party. He described her as “driven.”
“She was a wonderful, wonderful person and we’re going to miss her big time,” he added in between sobs. “No one was like her. She was filled with so much energy. If she had a goal she just went after it. She had no fear of accomplishing anything.”
Glover worked as a project manager at CHG Healthcare in Salt Lake City. She had been with the company since 2008, a spokesperson for the company said.
“Our hearts are with Kelly’s family at this time,” Spencer Sutherland, a public relations director for the company, said in a statement to Oxygen.com. “Kelly was a beloved member of the CHG family and was a true example of putting people first. She was a wonderful person who always thought of others and went out of her way to make people feel valued. She will be deeply missed by all of us here.”
Glover’s family said she loved to sing and dance, enjoyed country music, had a “natural talent” for golf, and lived to travel. She was the oldest of three sisters in the family.
“She really taught me how to be a woman and really taught me to grow up to be the person that I am,” Melissa Glover, 34, Kelly’s sister, told Oxygen.com.
Roughly a dozen of Glover’s relatives, who made the trip to Florida, said they’re now preparing funeral arrangements for her in Utah.
“It’s just such an unexpected loss,” Danielle Glover, 31, Kelly’s other younger sister, said. “She was such a good big sister to me and she always, always wanted to take care of me.... She loved life and she didn’t want it to end. And she would be so upset that this happened. She really had an adventurous spirit.”