Stephanie Torres, 42, disappeared from Waco on December 21, 2017.
On Wednesday, divers from the organization Adventure with purpose found her black Kia Rio with a body inside. Police said the VIN of this car matched Torres’s.
Doug Bishop, recovery specialist and cold case diver for Adventures With Purpose, said: “We started at the top with sonar and located the underwater vehicles. We were divers, too, because so we can dive on vehicles when we find them” told KWTX. “That car is the one we were looking for, it belongs to Stephanie Torres.”
The Torres family watched anxiously as the crew pulled three vehicles from the river on Wednesday. One of the other two cars the divers found was a stolen vehicle, Bishop said.
Police said Torres may have been drunk and committed suicide when she went missing four years ago.
In February 2019, her case was suspended, pending additional evidence.
The family criticized Waco police’s handling of the incident, saying the diving team had done more in a few hours than it had done since 2017.
If the remains are found to belong to Torres, this will be the 21st case Adventures with Purpose to be solved.
The Oregon-based organization does not charge family or law enforcement fees for their services.