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MIAMI GARDENS (CBS4) – More than a year after the baffling and disturbing disappearance of a Hallandale Beach woman, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with other law enforcement and fire department agencies gathered near a Miami Gardens canal Monday in a search for evidence related to the disappearance of Lynda Meier.

The search took place in a 190-acre tract of private, fenced land near NW 207th Street and 41st Avenue in Miami Gardens. A small pond is contained in the property.

The FDLE, along with Miramar Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Florida Task Force One converged, setting up two white tents along the canal bank.

Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said “intelligence and other evidence has led us to this location to search for Meier’s remains.”  Flournoy said the search could go on for a week.  Special cadaver dogs have also been brought in to help in the search.

“The information that brought us here has been coming in since Linda Meier’s disappearance,” said FDLE Special Agent William Arnow said.  “There isn’t a smoking gun that led us here.”

Meier was 40 years old when she was last seen early on the morning of June 4th of 2010. She was seen on fuzzy surveillance tape leaving her beach side condominium. A surveillance camera captured her taking cash from an ATM.

linda meier Police Pursue New Leads In Lynda Meier Disappearance

(Source: State of Florida)

Her Cadillac Escalade was last seen going westbound on Hallandale Beach Boulevard from U.S. 1. The vehicle was found abandoned a week later in Opa-Locka.

Earlier this month, Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy told CBS4 News that they have “much of the puzzle together and just need a few more pieces.” He also stated that detectives do not believe Meier is alive.

Although no charges have been filed, Flournoy pointed to two persons of interest: Antwan Kennedy and Dallas King. Meier had been Kennedy’s mentor when she worked with youngsters in a program in Overtown. The Chief says they had been romantically involved.

“We’re still look ing at Mr. King and Mr. Kennedy as persons of interest,” added Flournoy on Monday.

Dallas King is now serving a life sentence for violating his probation after committing an armed robbery, records show. At last report, Kennedy was living in Miramar.

“We know that Dallas King had possession of credit cards and other property belonging to Linda Meier,” said Flournoy. King had told police that the credit cards were given to him by Kennedy.

Surveillance tape from a Walmart store in Miami showed two women shopping with smiles on their faces who police say were caught using Meier’s credit cards. Those women, Suzanne Panchoo and Jessica Morales, were not arrested and charged in this case and they are not suspects in the disappearance of Meier.

There was a $51,000 reward in this case. If you know anything, call Hallandale Beach Police or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).


Comments (4)
  1. Kim says:

    Suzanne Panchoo and Jessica Morales NEED to be arrested for using those stolen credit cards! Get on the ball Hallandale PD!

  2. FYI says:

    I saw her before she disappeared and I believe she was threatened by someone. When I saw her she had bought a coffee and that was the one and only time I saw her. She stopped, and looked at me like she was going to say something but did not. A tall black man got out of his car and was walking in the parking lot and she froze. You could see the fear in her. When she saw he was not looking at her and walking in another direction and not towards her she proceeded to her red late model Escalade. When she left she sped out of there. A friend of mine who was there as well noticed and made a comment about how she drove away.

  3. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    FYI, Did you offer this information to police? I hope so & not just to blab on here & make yourself sound important.

  4. Swiftwire says:

    For a whole year we have been fed the wholesome girl bit, the victim, and how strange her disappearance was. Now we find out the she was dating a ghetto type thug looking black male that happens to hang out with the person suspected of using her card at an ATM shortly after she disappeared.

    So much for her innocent victim status in my book. Watch pretty soon it will probably be reported that she had a drug problem too. To her relatives I say I am sorry she has put you through this ordeal, she was out there dancing with the devil and she got burned….

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