Published: Apr 01, 2010 5:46 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have tentatively

identified the bodies found in an algae-covered minivan recovered

from an Alligator Alley canal as a Tampa woman and her two

daughters.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that homicide detectives,

the county's medical examiner and a Florida Gulf Coast University

anthropologist met Thursday morning. They agreed the bodies were

likely 27-year-old Nelta Jacques and her daughters, ages 7 and 5,

who disappeared in 1999 as they drove from Fort Lauderdale to their

Tampa home. Officials will still have to wait several weeks for DNA

confirmation.

BSO divers were on a training mission Wednesday when they found

the van in 18 feet of water near a rest area.

The investigation continues, but detectives do not suspect foul

play.