Deputies confirmed the body found in the SUV in a retention pond was the missing woman from Belle Isle, Stephanie.
Stephanie Chitwood Hollingsworth, 50, mother of three teenagers was missing from home on Money Avenue in Belle Isle since Sept. 25. She was last seen at the Walmart on South Goldenrod Road in Orange County on Sept. 25.
According to the investigators, searchers flying a drone over the weekend saw the vehicle in a retention pond near Dowden Road and Story Time Drive, near the Innovation Way area.
A memorial was created near the pond where Stephanie Hollingsworth was found. Her friends, family, and along with the strangers showed up Monday laying flowers, stuffed animals, and photos.
Rossemary Frick, Stephanie’s close friend said, “I’m just grateful. I’m grateful for everybody. They’re time, they’re effort.” “She always wanted that. She always wanted to please people. For people to love each other,” said Frick.
“It was emotional… I just felt like because of the teamwork and the people that came together, we located something that was going to help the family and that to me was a powerful moment,” Frick added.
“There were times that we were emotional, there were times we were frustrated, there were times where we felt hope,” said Melanie Miller, a search volunteer. She said she didn’t know Hollingsworth but said she was drawn to get in the search through God.