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Body of woman missing for 20 years found in Punta Gorda canal

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Authorities say the remains of a woman who went missing in 1993 were found in a car pulled from a Punta Gorda canal.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Buick station wagon was found this month. Police announced Monday that dental records matched Frances Hendrickson, who was 64 years old when she went for a drive on June 30, 1993.

After Hendrickson went missing, police searched canals because she was known to be a poor driver. They used divers and sonar equipment but the search didn't turn up anything.

The newspaper reports the case was reopened two years ago using new sonar equipment. Two weeks ago, the search paid off. Divers found the submerged car in a canal behind Whippoorwill Boulevard and Eider Street.

The search became known as the "Snoburd" case because the tag on Hendrickson's car read "SNOBURD."