Body of Florida woman found inside septic tank of her home

The body of a missing Jensen Beach woman was found in a septic tank behind her home by Martin County Sheriff’s Office officials early Saturday.Fifty-seven-year-old Cynthia Cole, who went by Cyndi, was last seen Feb. 24 at the Jammin Jensen event. Detectives say Cole went to the event with several friends and nothing was out of the ordinary that night.Investigators say 34-year-old Keoki Hilo Demich, Cole’s handyman over the last few years, was the only person detectives were suspicious of after Cole was reported missing. “He made several statements that we know are false so he was charged with second-degree murder,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.Snyder says Ring cameras and security footage show Demich exiting Cole’s car near Demich’s home along Martin Luther King , Jr. Boulevard in Stuart, the same night when Cole was last seen. The sheriff also says there were other instances of cameras catching Demich near Cole’s vehicle.Demich was arrested on Friday and charged with second-degree murder. Deputies then went back to Cole’s home on the 4500 block of NE Skyline Drive on Friday, and a deputy noticed the top of the septic tank in the backyard looked out of place.The deputy opened the septic tank and saw Cole inside.Depu ties then spent the whole night digging and pulled Cole’s body out of the septic tank on Saturday morning. “I’ve been doing this 40 plus years. I’ve never seen anything like it, ”Snyder said. Snyder says investigators are still collecting more evidence and Demich could face more charges. He says there is evidence that shows Cole was likely murdered in her home before being put in the septic tank. Positive identification by the medical examiner’s office is expected shortly, but detectives say they have every reason to believe that what they discovered is Cole’s body. Never miss anything: Sign up for personalized newsletters and alerts from WPBF 25 News

The body of a missing Jensen Beach woman was found in a septic tank behind her home by Martin County Sheriff’s Office officials early Saturday.

Fifty-seven-year-old Cynthia Cole, who went by Cyndi, was last seen Feb. 24 at the Jammin Jensen event.

Detectives say Cole went to the event with several friends and nothing was out of the ordinary that night.

Investigators say 34-year-old Keoki Hilo Demich, Cole’s handyman over the last few years, was the only person detectives were suspicious of after Cole was reported missing.

“He made several statements that we know are false so he was charged with second-degree murder,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

Snyder says Ring cameras and security footage show Demich exiting Cole’s car near Demich’s home along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Stuart, the same night when Cole was last seen. The sheriff also says there were other instances of cameras catching Demich near Cole’s vehicle.

Demich was arrested on Friday and charged with second-degree murder. Deputies then went back to Cole’s home on the 4500 block of NE Skyline Drive on Friday, and a deputy noticed the top of the septic tank in the backyard looked out of place. The deputy opened the septic tank and saw Cole inside.

Deputies then spent the whole night digging and pulled Cole’s body out of the septic tank on Saturday morning.

“I’ve been doing this 40 plus years. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Snyder said.

Snyder says investigators are still collecting more evidence and Demich could face more charges. He says there is evidence that shows Cole was likely murdered in her home before being put in the septic tank.

Positive identification by the medical examiner’s office is expected shortly, but detectives say they have every reason to believe that what they discovered is Cole’s body.

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