What to Know
- A medical examiner confirmed that the remains found last week are those of Lynda Meier, who went missing June 4, 2010
One week after officers found human remains near a canal in Miami Gardens, police confirmed Thursday that they belong to a Hallandale Beach woman who vanished more than eight years ago.
A medical examiner confirmed that the remains are those of Lynda Meier, who went missing June 4, 2010, Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones said at a news conference Thursday.
"We never gave up," Quinones said.
Last week, police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement discovered the remains near the 3900 block of Northwest 215th Street. The area is not far from the Opa-locka location where the then 40-year-old’s Cadillac Escalade was found a week after her disappearance.
Police said Meier was on her way to pick up her mother for a doctor's appointment and was seen on video stopping at an ATM. She was never seen again.
"The effort they’ve put forth to find our Linda has been outrageous," mother Phylis Meier said at Thursday's news conference. "I never thought that I’d come to a day like this, because it’s such a big area out there, like a needle in a haystack to find somebody. They worked diligently and as a team always, they never let up."
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 both were questioned and never charged.
No arrests were ever made in the case and Meier was declared legally dead in 2016. Police have previously said they believe that Meier was murdered.
Officials said investigators will now work to solve the case.