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Missing woman's car found with a body inside

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - She's been missing for exactly one month. Now, her family may finally have the closure they've been waiting for.

A detective found Ocie Mae Saulberry's car in a canal near 20 mile bend Wednesday. The sheriff's office says they have reason to believe that the woman found inside the white Buick is Ocie Mae Saulberry. But they won't say for sure until they get confirmation from the medical examiner. The family says they know it's her.

"My mom, I remember her as being a special person. I'll always remember her", said Jacquetta Shazier.

For the last month, Ocie Mae Saulberry's family has been wondering what happened to the mother, sister and daughter.

"And, now, I don't know what I'm going to do... My baby's gone," Rosetta Saulberry is Ocie Mae's mother.

Palm Beach County sheriff's detective Michael Fincannon saw something suspicious in the canal Wednesday. He'd felt driven to search for the missing woman even though he wasn't even assigned to the case. And when he checked the area on a hunch he found Ocie the missing white Buick.

"I've been with the sheriff's office for 28 years. I worked homicide for a long time. I lived in the glades, I grew up here. So it's just one of those things where I'm giving back to the community," said Fincannon.

The sheriff's office says because the body was in the canal for a month it will take an autopsy to determine if it is really Ocie Mae. But they say they have reason to believe it's her. And so does her family.  They say they are dealing with mixed emotions. Sadness but they are also grateful for the closure.

"I really thought someone had her and now I can rest and you know have a decent burial and her kids can rest and my mother," said Angela Newkirk, Ocie Mae's sister.

Traffic homicide detectives say they think there was either distraction or fatigue involved here. They say they have no signs of foul play.

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