Sunshine State Sonar, a volunteer dive group, announced the discovery of a vehicle containing the remains of Sandra Lemire, an Orlando woman missing for over a decade. The submerged vehicle was found in a pond near Walt Disney World, close to the Disney World exit on I-4 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Sandra Lemire, 47, had been missing since May 2012, after she was en route to Kissimmee to meet someone she connected with through an online dating service. Despite contacting her grandmother upon arrival in the city, she failed to communicate when she would return home. She was last seen leaving a Kissimmee restaurant, driving her grandmother’s 2004 red Ford Freestyle.
Sunshine State Sonar’s Facebook post detailed their recent search, initiated with additional information shared by Orlando Police detectives. On December 30, 2023, sonar technology led the group to a small retention pond where they discovered a submerged minivan, later confirmed to be Sandra Lemire’s. The organization thanked law enforcement agencies, including the Orlando Police Department, for their assistance.
In response to the discovery, the Orlando Police Department confirmed that unidentified remains were found, and the Florida Highway Patrol is handling the traffic crash investigation. The Osceola Sheriff’s Deputies and the Orange County Sheriff’s Dive team also assisted in the recovery.
Timothy Lemire, who identified himself as Sandra’s son, expressed gratitude to Sunshine State Sonar, stating they brought closure to the long-standing mystery. He suggested that his mother may have taken an exit ramp too quickly, ending up in the water. Timothy conveyed his desire for a chance to say goodbye to his mother.
Sunshine State Sonar extended condolences to Sandra’s family, expressing sadness over the circumstances but satisfaction in assisting in bringing her home. Their Facebook post concluded with a heartfelt message: “Rest in peace Sandra, you are finally home.”