TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Tampa police say the body of a woman missing since January was found under a dock along the Hillsborough River Friday.
Deborah Saucier's disappearance stumped investigators and left her family pleading for answers.
The 62-year-old grandmother was last seen at Julian Lane Riverfront Park where her car and belongings were found Jan. 14.
Saucier was last seen by her family on January 8. Later that day, surveillance cameras at the Hard Rock casino captured her image, as well. Another video later surfaced of Saucier walking at Julian Lane Park. She did not seem to show any sign of duress.
Saucier was considered missing and endangered. Her family said she had medical conditions that required medication. Law enforcement officers issued a Silver Alert.
Since the end of January, police had not released any updates on the case.
The last two months have been a nightmare for Saucier’s family.
"The not having her, and the not knowing was really, really tearing me up, it was tearing me up," Saucier's daughter, Candice Larry said. "I knew that the only way my mother would stay away from me was if something was wrong, that she couldn’t get back to me, I just knew that in my heart of hearts."
During those nine-weeks, loved ones, friends, and even Larry’s co-workers searched the park and along the river for any sign of the retired teacher.
Larry started going to therapy to deal with the intense emotions. She said she is so grateful for all the help and support.
"If my mom had been found this way two months ago, I don’t think my heart could have taken it," Larry said. "There were a lot of times I gave up, you know, but they kept going for me. I would even say 'No, I’m not out searching.' They would be like 'That’s OK, we’ll do it for you.’"
Then, Friday, March 15, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called out to Water Taxi Dock #16 on the Hillsborough River about something floating in the water.
The Medical Examiner's Office and TPD said they were able to identify the body as Saucier's and her family has been notified.
TPD said there are no signs of foul play, however, investigators say "several questions remain unanswered, including how Ms. Saucier ended up in the Hillsborough River."