Two Bodies Found In Car Submerged in Canal: Officials

The canal was located at Tara Drive and Hiatus Road

The bodies of a man and a woman were found in a car submerged in a Plantation canal on Friday, authorities said.

Authorities identified the two people as Joseph Stephenson, 51, and Amber Filion, 43. Both were from Davie.

Det. Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department said they were co-workers who were coming back from Applebee's on Thursday night. They were found in a white Nissan Maxima in a canal near Old Hiatus Road and Tara Drive.

Rettig said she had sent a text message that she was on her way home at 10:30 p.m.

"It appears to be accidental. Right now it's under investigation but the vehicle appears to have been lost, and while making a U-turn, the vehicle may have rolled into the ground. We're still investigating," Rettig said.

Neighbors said the intersection is poorly lit. There is a dead end perpendicular to the canal.

"There are only two entrances off of Old Hiatus, and SW118th. So anybody that comes in and out of this neighborhood is very familiar that you can come in one way, and go out the other. There are no street lights," said Tiffany Bonfligio, who lives nearby.

A helicopter conducted sweeps of the area following the missing persons report in the nearby town of Davie. Police say the clear weather conditions helped authorities find the vehicle.

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