LEE COUNTY, Fla--Lee County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a car found in a retention pond at the intersection of Edison and College Parkway. They have also discovered a body in that car.
WINK NEWS has confirmed the car belongs to Jennifer Lehman. Lehman, a 48-year-old woman, has been missing since August of 2010.
"A maintenance worker here at the college was near the pond and saw what he thought was a submerged vehicle in the pond," says Sgt. Stephanie Eller.
Deputies have not yet identified the body. They have sent the body to the medical examiner for identification.
Authorities confirm there was damage to the undercarriage. They've brought in the Florida Highway Patrol to help investigate the damage is evidence of a crash.
At this time it's unknown how long the car has been in the pond.
Lehman's best friend, Debra Lewis has told us in the past Lehman had been increasingly depressed since her daughter Brittany was killed in a car crash back in June of 2010.
Lewis and her daughter arrived on scene Friday afternoon when they heard news their friend's car had been found.
"We thought -- Let's just go stand by the pond and have a moment," says Debra's daughter, Niki Lewis.
The pair watched dive crews haul out the submerged car.
"As soon as I saw the car pull up, I got that gut feeling like, I could almost see Jennifer right there," Niki Lewis says.
While the body inside has not been confirmed as Lehman's, mother and daughter both say they don't need further testing to know it is their friend.
"I just knew she was in there," Debra Lewis says.
"We're finally going to have some closure."