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Missing Florida Mom Found In Car Submerged In Pond
Stephanie Hollingsworth had been last seen nearly a month ago at her home in Belle Isle. An autopsy to confirm her cause of death is pending.
Update: Orlando Police have confirmed that the body found inside the SUV was Stephanie Hollingsworth. Her family has been notified and an autopsy is pending to determine cause of death.
A missing Florida mother’s car has been found in a pond with a body inside of it.
As teams continued their search for Stephanie Hollingsworth, 50, they spotted a Chevy Tahoe by drone inside an Orlando retention pond on Saturday, an Orlando Police Department press release obtained by Oxygen.com states.
A dive team found a body, which has not yet been identified, inside the vehicle.
A police spokesperson told Oxygen.com that shortly after the SUV was discovered, investigators were able to confirm that “the license plate on the recovered vehicle matched the license plate of the SUV Hollingsworth was believed to have been driving.”
The spokesperson said as of Monday morning, “the medical examiner's office is still working to formally identify the deceased individual found inside the vehicle.”
Hollingsworth was last seen by her family at her Belle Isle home on Sep. 25, the Belle Isle Police Department said last month. She drove away from the home in her 2000 Silver Chevrolet Tahoe, leaving her cell phone behind. Hollingsworth went on to withdraw $20 from an ATM before all trails went cold. The pond where her car was discovered is located about 15 miles from the family's home.
She is the mother of three children, aged 15, 17, and 21, PEOPLE reported earlier this month. She works as a yoga teacher.
Police described her as having several "mental conditions" and "needs care," according to a release issued last month.
“This isn't like her at all,” her husband, Scott Hollingsworth, told PEOPLE earlier this month. "She's not the type of person to go away for even a few hours without letting someone know where she was, and now this is the 10th day. She loves her boys and would never voluntarily be away for this long."