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Investigators have found human remains while searching a Miami Gardens field for the corpse of a Hallandale Beach woman who vanished eight years ago.
It is unclear if the remains are that of Lynda Meier, who went missing after leaving her Hallandale Beach apartment at 5 a.m. June 4, 2010, a law enforcement source said. The medical examiner’s office must work to determine the identity of the remains.
“This is an ongoing, active investigation and no other information can be confirmed at this time for it may negatively impact the investigation. More information will be released as we obtain it,” Hallandale Beach police spokewoman Shana A. Dabney-Donovan said in a news release.
The pharmacy school graduate from Nova Southeastern University had plans to get her mother in Aventura and then take her to a doctor’s appointment. She never showed up.
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All week, Hallandale police and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents have been searching a wooded property in the 3900 block of Northwest 215th Street in Miami Gardens. According to a search warrant filed in Miami-Dade criminal court, investigators received a tip from a confidential “source” about the body being dumped in a tree preserve there.
Her disappearance has vexed detectives for years.
Police said that surveillance video showed Meier leaving her apartment at 5:17 a.m. Two days after she went missing, her maroon Cadillac Escalade was found abandoned near The Gardens apartments in the 13400 block of Northwest 30th Avenue in Miami Gardens.
At the time, police questioned two ex-convicts, Antwan Kennedy and Dallas King, one of whom she met as a volunteer working with youth. The men told police that they had contact with her and tried to use her credit cards and debit cards.
Police never were able to connect the men to Meier’s disappearance.
The investigation led to several searches including a Miami Gardens canal. The reward increased to $75,000.
Then in June 2013, new information led police to search a seven-acre wooded area in Opa-locka. Police searched the the area around 1790 Service Rd. using bulldozers and cadaver dogs, but didn’t find anything. Police said the tip came from people who were afraid of King and didn’t want to talk. King was no longer a threat because he was serving two life sentences for armed robbery, the chief said at the time.