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Police Beat: Orlando police received 911 call about car in lake weeks before Carline Brumaire-Jean’s body was found

March 5, 2014

Carline Brumaire-Jean  photo

So, you’ve more than likely heard that the body of a missing woman, Carline Brumaire-Jean, was recently discovered in a lake near Universal Studios. Brumaire-Jean, an employee of Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort, was reported missing by her family on Feb. 9, after she failed to return home from work. Her body was found on March 3, after a security worker at Universal contacted police because he saw a hubcap floating in the water of a retention pond and noticed some disturbed vegetation. A dive team for the Orange County Sheriff’s department went into the pond and found the vehicle with Brumaire-Jean’s body inside.

Today, the Orlando Police Department issued a release saying that they actually received a 911 call from someone alerting them to a car spotted in a lake with a woman still inside it. The caller described the location, and the 911 dispatcher assured police she would send officers to the scene. But somehow, the officers never found any evidence of anything odd there. No car, no evidence of a crash, no body.

The Orlando Police Department would like to express our sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Carline Brumaire-Jean.

OPD was notified about this unfortunate incident by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. when they had located her vehicle and body in a pond in the City of Orlando. OPD immediately initiated a traffic homicide investigation.

Through OPD’s investigation it has been discovered that OPD received a 911 call on February 9, 2014, from a witness who saw a car in a pond near the area where Brumaire-Jean was ultimately found.  OPD officers responded immediately to the scene referenced in the 911 call and searched the area, but saw no evidence of a vehicle or crash incident. In addition to the search of the area, OPD dispatch contacted the caller again to obtain any additional information.  The caller was not from the area and provided the best details she could recall.  Officers continued their search of the area, but were not able to locate any evidence of a vehicle or crash.  Additionally, the responding officers were not made aware of OCSO’s missing person investigation. OPD has notified the family of this information.

Orlando Police Chief Mina has ordered an extensive and thorough internal investigation into the incident.   The Chief has also ordered a review of OPD policies and procedures, including officer training practices.

In addition, the Chief conveyed to Sherriff Demings the importance of immediate interagency coordination between the two departments with cases involving multiple jurisdictions.

Here’s the recording of the 911 call the police received that day:

So, to summarize: A 911 call comes in that clearly indicates that a car is floating in a pond and there’s a woman inside it. Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a missing-person report for a woman from that area, but the Orlando Police never got the memo. Somehow, no evidence of a crash or a car is noted in the area where the car apparently went into the lake, so everybody goes home and forgets about it until, weeks later, when a worker at the resort notices a hubcap in the water and evidence of disturbed vegetation, then calls the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and they finally find the body of the missing woman. What an epic law-enforcement fail.





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