Family members say they have been told that investigators found the body of Loraine “Lori” Feliciano-Pino, a West Boca grandmother who went missing shortly before Christmas.
In March speaking with the Sun Sentinel, Rosannie Feliciano said “It’s a living nightmare,” regarding her sister’s disappearance. “We have no clues, no suspects, nobody has seen anything,” Feliciano said. “We just need someone to be honest and come forward.”
Loraine Feliciano-Pino’s body was found inside her gray 2011 Toyota RAV4 that was found in the Boca Rio canal.
Giving an update Thursday, Rosannie Feliciano said her sister’s body was found inside her gray 2011 Toyota RAV4 that was found in the Boca Rio canal.
“At least the only thing positive from this hurricane is that we found her and we can start the grieving process,” Feliciano said.
Relatives said Feliciano-Pino, 47, the grandmother of two, was involved in charities, fundraisers and feeding the homeless.
“That was pretty close to her home. I always had a feeling that she would be in there,” her sister said.
In February, nearly two months after Feliciano-Pino was reported missing, the sheriff’s office announced that more than two dozen investigators from the Violent Crimes Division searched parking lots from Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to Atlantic Blvd in Pompano Beach and from the ocean to the Everglades.
Divers also searched the Loxahatchee canal with a sheriff’s helicopter.
Feliciano-Pino and her husband. The couple had been married 11 years
Rosannie Feliciano said in the immediate days after her sister’s disappearance, she repeatedly requested that investigators search the Boca Rio canal. They opted to search the Loxahatchee Canal instead, she said frustrated.
“I never understood why they took that route,” Feliciano said. “They said a lot of activity happened in that canal and they searched that canal with marine diver.”
Lori Feliciano-Pino had gone missing Dec. 19 and was found Saturday in West Boca after canals were lowered due to concerns over flooding from Hurricane Irma. Deputies were notified about the “partially submerged” vehicle in a canal in southern Palm Beach County on Saturday, according to officials.
The sheriff’s office has not specified exactly where the find was made and has not yet officially released the identity of the person whose body was found.
The numerous canals throughout South Florida reportedly, have yielded similar discoveries in the past though not usually after water is lowered in expectation of storm flooding.