MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Two bodies found inside a car submerged in a body of water have been identified as a couple reported missing over the weekend.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Smugglers Trying To Cash In On COVID Pandemic
Miami-Dade Police say the bodies are that of Alexandra Picon and Brandon Arana, both 21 years old.
Just a day before, crews pulled a 2010 red Toyota Corolla from the water in southwest Miami-Dade near 268th Street and southwest 107th Avenue.
Police said the car belonged to Picon.
“Investigators were able to determine that this was the vehicle that both Alexandra Picon and Brandon Arana were in when the were reported missing,” said Det. Jennifer Capote with Miami-Dade Police on Thursday.
The car was found after a family friend, J.C. Alvarez, and private investigator, Joe Carillo, helped search for the couple.READ MORE: ‘Lived Her Life Fiercely’: Hundreds Gather At Miami Dade College For Wake Remembering Congresswoman Carrie Meek
“This was a joint effort and we were able to establish… that there was a cell phone hit in this sea,” said Carillo.
Alvarez said police were told about that discovery and believes it helped them pinpoint the area where the car was found.
Picon’s mother said her daughter had worked her regular shift at the World of Beer at the Town and Country Mall and texted her at 3 a.m. Sunday that she was going to have a drink with Arana.
At 4:43 a.m., her car was last seen going through a toll plaza at Kendall Drive. She never made it home.
“This is out of her character. She has never done anything like that before to disappear for more than a few hours without sending me a text, trying not to worry me. This is totally out of her character,” said Alexandra’s mother Rita Picon.MORE NEWS: Fourth Day Of Jury Deliberations In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial Ends With No Verdict
Investigators are trying to determine how the deadly crash happened.