Car, body of missing Palm Beach Gardens woman found in Mallory Creek lake in Abacoa
Police confirm body is Chanel Phillips
2:03 PM, Sep 24, 2013
5:27 AM, Sep 25, 2013
JUPITER, Fla. - The car and body of a missing Palm Beach Gardens woman were found in Mallory Creek lake in Abacoa Tuesday, Jupiter police confirm.
Police say a report came in of tire tracks leading into lake. They investigated and found the vehicle and body of Chanel Farrell Philips.
She had been missing since early Saturday. She was last seen around 2 a-m at Dirty Martini, a popular bar at Downtown at the Gardens.
According to Phillips's mother, Philips and a friend went to her friend's home near Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter after they left the bar.
Police say they consider the incident a single vehicle crash and officers are currently working with the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.
"It's tragic, it's a tragic situation. Obviously as I mentioned earlier, our thoughts and prayers go to the family who are obviously, it's just a difficult situation right now for anyone to have to deal with," said Jupiter Police Department Sgt. Scott Pascarella.
Police closed W. Mallory Boulevard, north of Duval Street for their investigation.
Shortly after police discovered Phillips and her car, family and friends tried to put to words what the loss meant to them.
"The family is completely thankful for everyone's help and the community that came together that just really tried to find her. And they did, and it's an unfortunate situation," said Devin Gluvna, who is the girlfriend of Phillips' brother. "The family is extremely thankful. Just every friend, every relative just reached out and was there for them, continue to. Don't stop."
Cindy Phillips spoke out through her close friend Karn Apuzzo.
"She's got a lot of friends and a lot of people who support her. She's very loved. We just want to thank everyone on behalf of Cindy and the Philips family for helping. Everybody was just so supportive and we thank you for that," said Apuzzo.
The family said funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
Palm Beach Gardens Police will continue to investigate the death.