Two bodies found in canal in Lehigh Acres

Posted at 4:33 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 11:24:15-05

LEHIGH ACRES, FLa.- Neighbors are concerned about what they call a dangerous drive in Lehigh Acres. Friday morning the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a car submerged in a canal at the end of North Avenue in Lehigh Acres.

The bodies of a married Lehigh couple were found inside. The couples have been identified as Marie and Chester Oszust.

Deputies say when they arrived on scene just the roof was showing. Investigators spent the day pulling out the car from the canal.

A preliminary investigation reveals that on Friday night between 9 and 10 pm, the Dodge Caliber was going south on North Avenue before plunging into the water.

Neighbors say as you approach the canal at night, you see car lights just ahead on a nearby road, but nothing warning that there's a canal between the driver and cars.

Yoanna Amaya who lives right by the canal says she didn't see it for years.

"I didn't know there was a canal there until they cleaned that up.," Amaya said.

She says the canal used to be hidden by tall trees but they were cut down about a year ago to create a walking trail by the canal.

A plain yellow sign was put up to keep drivers from ending up in the canal but Amaya says it doesn't really help.

"If you're not from around here, trying to get somewhere else, you're going to probably go straight through and not realize it," Amaya said.

She says she wonders if the couple may have mistook the canal for a road since they would have seen headlights on the other side of it.

Neighbors say another driver almost ended up in the canal not too long ago.