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Body of missing Martin County mother recovered, suspect confesses

Suspect led detectives to her body
Perrin Damron
Posted at 1:08 PM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-06 20:08:48-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Detectives with the Martin County Sheriff's Office are investigating the murder of a Martin County woman.

Perrin Damron, 23, of Stuart was last seen Saturday, September 4, 2021 in the Manatee Creek area.

Saturday at 10 p.m. a friend of Damron reported her missing to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

The friend said that the father of Damron's child picked up their 2-year-old child Friday evening at her house. She found it suspicious that Damron had not had contact with her child since that time.

By Sunday morning investigators learned that Damron was last seen with a family friend, Eric Westergard, 45, of Jupiter Farms.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Westergard made some incriminating statements to investigators and some physical evidence was recovered at his home.

Snyder said Westergard led detectives to an overpass over the Okeechobee Waterway along State Road 710, where they recovered Damron's body.