SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Venice Police Department (VPD) is reporting that they have found the body of a dead woman inside of a green Nissan Xterra in a large pond in Venice.
Police say that on Saturday morning around 11:45 a.m., divers with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and North Port Police Department, assisted by the FWC and VPD, located the vehicle in a pond in the Toscana Isles subdivision close to Knights Trail.
According to police, there was a dead woman inside of the vehicle and they believe that this person was 44-year-old Tracey Rieker, who was reported missing last week after not being seen since September 30th.
Rieker’s family has been notified and authorities are in the process of recovering the Xterra.
The Reiker family released a statement on Saturday evening and it is posted below.
“Our family is grateful for the outpouring of support and donations of both time and resources in the search for Tracey. The outcome of the investigation is shocking and devastating, and we wish this could have been investigated sooner to bring needed closure for the family. At this time, we are grieving as an extended and cohesive family unit, and request privacy while we work through this. Thank you.”
Police say this case is being treated as a traffic homicide and that this is an ongoing investigation.