Body found in SUV in a retention pond identified as missing Stephanie Hollingsworth

Deputies confirmed the body found in the SUV in a retention pond was the missing woman from Belle Isle, Stephanie.

 missing Stephanie Hollingsworth

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.


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Satellite imagery from space agencies sought in search for missing Belle Isle woman

Belle Isle woman, Stephanie Chitwood Hollingsworth, 50, is missing since Sept. 25 from the Walmart on South Goldenrod Road in Orange County. Her family made a plea Tuesday for space agencies to provide satellite imagery.

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“We can get lucky to have a satellite passing overhead to capture her either walking to the car or the car leaving that parking space,” Bill Moore, a retired Orlando police detective, said. “The family requests the assistance of any corporation or individual to search stored satellite imagery collected on September 25th for the purpose of locating Stephanie Hollingsworth’s light pewter metallic (champagne color) 2000 Chevrolet four-door Tahoe.”

Reports say the family is seeking help from NASA, SpaceX, L3Harris Technologies, Microsoft, Amazon, and Geospatial Enthusiasts.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to Hollingworth.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had any new information and that’s going to change,” Scott Hollingsworth, husband of the missing woman, said. “I think we are going to find a lot of stuff. We have a lot of faith and hope.” “It’s just amazing that we have no idea at this point what happened,” he said earlier.

Anyone who has seen Stephanie is asked to call the Belle Isle Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.


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