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


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


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