Possible evidence uncovered in 20 year-old missing person case In Punta Gorda
PUNTA GORDA, Fla.---Investigators are now confident they have found the remains of a missing Punta Gorda woman.
Around 8:00 a.m. this morning the Punta Gorda Police Department Dive Team, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Forensic Unit, as well as a representative from the Mote Marine Laboratory,began the operation of recovering the vehicle from the canal.
At around 8:15 a.m., using an underwater robotics camera supplied by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, officers were able to document the underwater scene. The vehicle was raised onto a vacant lot where detectives and forensic analysts discovered clothing items and skeletal human remains.
Based on the evidence found at the scene, investigators are confident that this is the vehicle and remains of Frances Hendrickson. Charlotte County Medical Examiner, Dr.Imami responded to the scene and his office will be working closely with officials.
The skeletal remains and other items will be examined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Charlotte County Medical Examiner. A dental comparison and DNA test are anticipated to confirm the identity of the remains as soon as possible.
Back in June of 1993 Punta Gorda Police Officers responded to the 3700 block of Whippoorwill
Blvd. for a report of a missing 64 year-old woman. The missing woman,Frances Hendrickson was last seen by a neighbor driving her 1987 light blue colored Buick station wagon.