More than three years after Lynda Meier of Hallandale Beach disappeared, law enforcement agents were once again searching for her at an empty lot in Opa-locka Monday. Sharon Solano spoke about her friend. Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy discussed the case.
More than three years after a Hallandale Beach woman disappeared, law enforcement agents were once again searching for her at an empty lot in Opa-locka Monday morning.
Lynda Meier was last seen on June 4, 2010, leaving her Hallandale Beach condo. Meier's car, a red Cadillac Escalade, was found a week after her disappearance, abandoned in a parking lot in Opa-Locka.
On Monday, more than 20 law enforcement agents searched an eight-acre lot in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and Service Road. Aerial footage showed cadaver dogs and special equipment were being used to sift through the property.
"Of course if you have a loved one missing, you want some answers, so we've been diligently working this case to provide those answers," Hallandale Beach Chief of Police Dwayne Flournoy.
Monday's search was done after police received an anonymous tip, Flournoy said.
"With all that information we decided we needed to come here and perform a search of this area to see if we can find anything related to the disappearance of Lynda Meier," Flournoy said. "It could be property, it could be her remains, it could be items that we know that she was in possession of at the time that she disappeared."
Several searches have been done in the past three years for Meier. Two men who were captured on video using Meier's ATM card at two different Miami banks the same day she disappeared were named persons of interest but so far no one has been charged in her disappearance.
Authorities spent much of the morning Monday clearing out the area in Opa-locka. It's the second time in the last three weeks detectives have been in the area, police said.
"[There's] a lot of high shrubbery so there's a lot of detail going in it and have to approach it with much caution given the type of search that this entails," Opa-locka Police spokesman David Chiverton said. "We're working collectively with the Hallandale Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Miami-Dade County Police Department and our city of Opa Locka Police Department."
Meier's friend Sharon Solano wants answers.
"It's just difficult and now this is coming up again." Solano said. "I'm just numb."
"It would be nice to have closure," Solano said. 'I was hoping, and still hope, that she will be found alive, but if not I just hope she didn't suffer. That's all. She didn't deserve to suffer."