Car pulled from pond at same Fort Myers Beach nature preserve where body was found


FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – After hours of investigating on Tuesday, Lee County deputies were able to pull a car from a pond at a nature preserve on Fort Myers Beach.

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office blocked off the entrance to the Matanzas Pass Preserve for the second day in a row on Tuesday. On Monday, a hiker called 911 after finding the body of a dead woman off the hiking trail near a pond.

It’s the same area where a white Ford Fusion was pulled from the water on Tuesday evening.

“There back for some reason,” said Angie Deters, who lives near the preserve.

Detectives returned to the preserve with the help of the Marine Operations team, according to a spokesperson. The crews were at the nature preserve to continue their investigation they started on Monday.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office would not say if the car pulled from the pond is related to the death investigation.

Crews were seen using a submersible vehicle to scope out what lies beneath the surface. Then two divers entered the water and found the car.


“I thought it was the driver’s window that was open,” said one of the divers. “It’s the passenger window that’s open.”

Tow trucks on scene pulled the car from the water, revealing what could help solve the case of the woman that was found dead.

“They said a woman found in the lake behind the inlet,” said Rick Burkard.

He’s referring to what deputies told him on Monday. They came knocking on his front door, asking him if he knew anything about what happened.

“They said there was a woman found in the lake,” Burkard said. “I asked if he had a picture of her or something of her so maybe I could tell you who it is. They said no. It was unidentifiable and she was probably in her 30s.”

The sheriff’s office wouldn’t provide further details on Tuesday evening.

Rick, who’s been watching this investigation unfold in his backyard, thinks something isn’t lining up.

“I can’t imagine whether it was somebody stumbled into the lake and drowned or what,” he said.

LCSO said they’re still working to identify the woman and are now using her fingerprints to find an ID.

Count on NBC2 for the latest updates on this developing story.

Tags: Death investigationFort Myers BeachLee County Sheriff’s Office


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