The Indiana household closes ten years later after a lacking lady’s automotive is discovered within the pond
Ester Westenbarger went missing after leaving a bar in Kokomo, Indiana, in 2009.
Now, more than a decade later, her family thinks they know what happened to her.
Preliminary autopsy results suggest that human remains found in a car that was submerged in a pond are likely those of Westenbarger, Indianapolis-based FOX 59 reported.
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Two fishermen discovered the vehicle covered with algae on Wednesday and reported the find to the authorities, who pulled the car out of the water. The license plate was a match for the vehicle that Westenbarger owned.
It was a gold Cadillac with Ohio signs that read MS ESTER, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.
“This is my sister’s car. It’s Ester’s car, there’s no doubt about it. It’s Ester’s car. We don’t know whether it’s in there or not. Westenbarger’s brother, Bill “Scratch” Pelfree, told FOX 59 on Thursday.
Forensic dentistry and DNA testing will ultimately determine if the remains found in the vehicle are those of the missing woman, FOX 59 reported.
Family members now believe Westenbarger accidentally drove into the pond while traveling home from the bar in 2009, the report said.
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The woman’s son, Dustin, said family members felt somewhat closed since the car and remains were discovered.
“I feel like prayers and everyone who prayed for us has been answered,” he told FOX 59.