Missing Florida woman’s car found in pond with body inside

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body matching the description of Erica Bergeron, a missing Florida woman, on Monday.

The 49-year-old, last seen on surveillance video outside a bowling alley on Thursday morning, was thought to be driving a gray 2021 Toyota Camry when she disappeared. The car, found 15 to 20 feet deep in a pond near Palm Harbor Parkway and Matanzas Woods Parkway, was confirmed to be Bergeron’s vehicle.

The incident is reminiscent of two prior findings of missing people inside submerged vehicles in recent weeks. On April 9, the body of Robert Heikka, a 70-year-old teacher who vanished in Port Orange in October 2020, was found inside his white 2012 Chevrolet Impala that was recovered from a canal along Pioneer Trail near New Smyrna Beach. Just one week later, a gray 2005 Mitsubishi SUV in Palm Harbor held the remains of Robert Helphrey, another 34-year-old who had been missing for over 17 years.

Chief David Williams of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said that the pond where Bergeron’s body was found had limited visibility and that tire tracks lead from the road to the tree felled into its depths.