1999 Florida disappearances possibly solved

Someone emailed this article to me: the 1999 disappearances of Nelta Jacques (who was pregnant) and her daughters, five-year-old Juanita Jacques and seven-year-old Johanna St. Louis, may have been solved. The family left Fort Lauderdale to drive to Tampa, and never made it.

They’ve found Nelta’s van in eighteen feet of water, in a canal in the Florida Everglades, with “the remains of at least one person” inside. No prizes for guessing who. Although the case is being treated as a homicide for the time being, it sounds like they may have simply had a tragic accident. Another article says it was raining on the day they disappeared, and Nelta’s father thought it wasn’t safe to drive, but she wouldn’t listen to him. This article has a picture of the van and says Nelta was an immigrant from Haiti.

At least, once this is all settled, her family will know they were in an accident, and not murdered, and probably didn’t suffer for long.

5 thoughts on “1999 Florida disappearances possibly solved

  1. forthelost April 1, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    If there’s no evidence for a homicide, I hope it is treated as an accident.

    • Julie February 24, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      I hope, that was my dad’s daughter that died…

  2. mary carney April 2, 2010 / 7:23 am

    You know, I wonder about a similar scenario whenever someone and their vehicle disappears. Case here in Indianapolis just this week, gentleman is coming home late at night, talking to his wife on cell phone and says he’ll be late ’cause he got ‘turned around’ and is unsure of where he is. Call ends abruptly. They fished him and the car out of a retention pond two days later – the missing persons detective drove around the area of the last cell ‘ping’ saw the tire tracks and voila’!

    • Meaghan April 2, 2010 / 8:05 am

      Yeah, whenever someone goes missing along with their car and there’s no evidence of foul play or running away, I tend to suspect some kind of accident. Sometimes those things aren’t uncovered for decades.

      Ann Rule wrote about one such case. Psychics were taking hundreds and thousands from the missing girl’s mom and telling stories about the poor girl being held as a sex slave, and all that time the girl and her car were tangled up in some bridge cables in a lake.

  3. Mark Ryder August 13, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    Remember the psychic on American TV who told one of the mothers of the 3 missing Ohio females (held captive by Ariel Castro) that her daughter was dead? Can’t recall which of the mothers it was, but something like that demonstrates that psychics are more trouble than they’re worth. Some of them MAY believe they really have mystical powers. But I think MOST are probably just shameless charlatans out to fleece the desperate. NONE of them are ever really any help to an investigation, are they? Does anyone have any proof a psychic has helped the cops solve an MP case? If you have, please tell us. Thank you.

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