Missing mother, daughter tentatively identified

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) -The Broward County medical examiner has tentatively identified the remains of a mother and her two young daughters who vanished over a decade ago all with ties to a Port Saint Lucie family.

On Wednesday, their van was found deep in a canal in West Broward with human remains inside.

Thursday, an anthropologist looked at the bones and confirmed they are most likely of an adult and two young children.

A license was also found inside the vehicle that matches mother Nelta Jacques.

Back in 1999, Jacques and her daughters Juanita and Johanna were travelling across the state when they disappeared.

Now their brother and father in Port Saint Lucie can finally move on.

"It's been hard, wondering what happened to our family, it's tough," said Valdrun Chevalier.

The Broward medical examiner also found the remains of an unborn fetus. Jacques was 8 months pregnant at the time.

Final DNA confirmation should take several weeks.