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Body found in Venice pond believed to be missing woman, police say

Posted at 4:03 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 16:05:49-04

VENICE, Fla. — Authorities located a body in a large pond in Venice Saturday morning.

Divers with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and North Port PD, assisted by the FWC, Venice PD, and Sarasota K9 Search and Rescue, located a green Nissan Xterra in a large pond in the Toscana Isles subdivision in Venice, close to Knights Trail.

Investigators believe the body inside the vehicle is Tracey Lynn Rieker, 44, who was reported missing September 30.

Venice police said the case is being treated as a traffic homicide, and an investigation continues to determine Rieker's cause of death.