Foul Play Feared in Woman's Disappearance

Car found, cops have person of interest in missing 40-year-old woman's case

Police said there may be foul play involved in the disappearance of a 40-year-old Hallandale Beach woman who disappeared 10 days ago.

The family of Lynda Meier joined Hallandale Police for a Monday morning news conference, where they announced they'd found the missing woman's red Cadillac Escalade Sunday, abandoned in an Opa Locka parking lot.

Police said there's also a person of interest in the case, but that person has not been arrested.

Meier hasn't been seen or heard from since the early morning hours of June 4th, when she left her condo at the Beach Club along A1A in Hallandale Beach at 5:17 a.m.

Her friends and family immediately feared the worse. Her mother, Phylis Meier, said she was supposed to meet her daughter at a doctors appointment that morning; but she was a no show.

"It wasn't like her," she said, "to not show up to something like that."

Police say the day after Meier went missing, two women were caught on camera leaving a local Walmart. The pair, identified as Jessica Morales and Susan Panchoo,  had used Meier's credit card to go on a shopping spree.

Police located Morales and Panchoo and questioned them, but said they don't believe they had anything to do with the woman's disappearance.

Police say they know how the women obtained the credit card, but are not ready to disclose it due to the ongoing investigation.

The lead detective on the case, Major Dwayne Flournoy, said the information the women gave, along with tips from the public, helped them identify the person of interest in the case. 

Flourney and the Meier's are asking for the public's help for more information that might help them find her.

"She's a lovely girl," said Phylis Meier. "I want somebody to come forward, every day gets worse."

Phylis Meier said her daughter's disappearance has destroyed her.

"I can barely breathe and I can barely eat, sleep or anything, I'm just worried for my daughter, I can't believe something like this has happened," she said. I feel like a piece of my body is missing, we're desperate, all of us, to find her, we need everybody's help, we need everybody out there. I would go door to door myself if I could."

Police say they've already gotten substantial tips in the case.

"There's no explanation as to why she would be separated from her property and her credit cards. And there are other facts and circumstances that I can't share, that are inappropriate to share right now, but we are confident that her missing person status is directly connected to foul play," said Flournoy. "I feel that over the next couple of weeks, with our leads and with the public's assistance that we're gonna be able to bring some resolution to this matter and help the Meir family with this very tragic series of events."

And with each day that passes, Meier's family grows more and more concerned about the whereabouts of their loved one. "I feel violated, it's just a lot of pain. We just want her to come home safely," said Eric Meier, Lynda Meier's twin brother.

If you know anything that might help police find Lynda Meier please call Broward County Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

The reward for information which helps find her has been increased to $26,000. 

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