Updated Feb. 24, 2015 – Tampa Police confirmed the body is Apryl Foster, according to Janelle McGregor, Media Relations TPD. The investigation continues on whether Foster’s death was an accident.
“She was identified through fingerprints. There are no other updates,” said Debbie Carter, HCSO PIO.
Posted on the Tampa Police Department’s Facebook Page:
“After an exhaustive search, Apryl Foster’s car was found in a lake not far from her home. A single victim was recovered from the car and the clothing matches what Apryl Foster was wearing the night she went missing. The medical examiner’s office will officially identify the victim found in Apryl Foster’s submerged vehicle.”
This was the first break in locating the missing 33-year-old Apryl Foster since February 12, 2015. Eleven days ago, Foster was last seen leaving Ybor City in Tampa around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12th. Her parents from Texas, family members, friends, employer, co-workers, the Guardian Angels and law enforcement launched a search for the missing Brandon woman and Ulele Restaurant employee over the past 10 days. Businesses and individuals donated billboards and flyers with Foster’s photos and information about her disappearance while others spread the word through social media.
News reports say 2 boaters recently hit something in a Brandon lake about half mile away from Foster’s home. A nearby resident checked home surveillance video and noticed the gate to the lake. It’s unclear if the gate was unlocked and open the night Foster was missing. The video, not made public, showed Foster’s car going through the gate and driving toward the lake, according one of Foster’s friends who saw the video.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office divers assisted the Tampa Police to search the lake Sunday afternoon. The divers found Apryl Foster’s red 2009 Chevy Aveo Hatchback and a single person inside at the bottom of the lake. During Sunday’s evening news conference, Tampa Police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office delivered the tragic news to the public.
Foster’s parents, the Bemans, thanked God, her employer, Richard Gonzmart, the community and the media for their help and hospitality during the search for their daughter.
Sources: Tampa Police Facebook Page, YouTube, Tampa Police News Releases