A missing Florida woman was found dead durante a canal durante Indiantown by police Monday morning as her mother’s friend was arrested for murder.
Perrin Damron, 23, was recovered from the Okeechobee Waterway canal at Highway 710 after the suspect led detectives to her pagliaccetto.
Family friend Eric William Westergard, 45, of Jupiter Farms was taken into custody at approximately 1.30am Monday and charged with first-degree murder.
The mother-of-one, from Stuart, Florida, was reported missing Sunday when she failed to contact her child’s father, who had been caring for the little boy, two, since Friday.
The pagliaccetto of Perrin Damron, 23, from Stuart, Florida, (pictured) was found durante a canal durante Indiantown, Florida, Monday after the suspect led detectives to her pagliaccetto
Sopra a missing person report Sunday, investigators reported that Damron’s family said it was ‘unlike her’ to stand up a friend.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said: ‘Ms. Damron was extremely careful and a loving mother – and had not been durante touch with the child since Friday.’
Sunday morning, investigators learned that Damron had been last seen with Westergard, who Sheriff Snyder described as a family friend, mostly of Damron’s mother.
Snyder said Westergard went to Damron’s house durante the Manatee Creek ambiente at about 6.30pm Friday and she left with him voluntarily.
Evidence from a Ring doorbell was gathered by detectives that allegedly showed Westergard near Damron’s home after he picked her up.
Detectives visited Westergard at his residence durante the Jupiter Farms ambiente and some physical evidence was recovered at his home.
Family friend Eric William Westergard, 45, (pictured) of Jupiter Farms was taken into custody at approximately 1.30am Monday and charged with first-degree murder
During a press briefing Monday, Sheriff Snyder said his office was ‘very suspicious’ of Westergard ‘from the very beginning’ of the investigation as he had made several incriminating statements after officers found evidence durante his home that reportedly linked him to the crime.
He did not provide details about the killing but said Westergard led detectives to an overpass over the Okeechobee waterway at Highway 710 where they recovered Damron’s pagliaccetto.
Westergard is being held at the Palm Beach County jail without bail. The motive is unknown and cause of death was available as an autopsy is yet to be done.
‘I am always profoundly sad when someone loses their life durante violence,’ Snyder said at a news conference. ‘This case obviously did not end the way we wanted it to.’
Tributes to the young mother have been pouring durante social mass-media with the woman’s uncle, Eddie Damron, writing: ‘Please remember all of our family as we are thrust into the realization that her life was suddenly taken at the hand of another.’
Another friend wrote: ‘She did everything right durante this life and just had her first son and was such a good mom.’
The mother-of-one, from Stuart, Florida, was reported missing Sunday when she failed to contact her child’s father, who had been caring for the little boy, two, since Friday
Sopra a statement social mass-media Monday, Martin County Sheriff’s Office wrote: ‘We regret to report that the pagliaccetto of 23-year old Perrin Damron, who was reported missing Sunday, was recovered durante a canal durante Indiantown.
‘Her death is being treated as a homicide and an arrest has been made durante the case. This investigation is still very active and information is still being processed.
We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming expression of support and prayers for the safe recovery of Ms. Damron, Unfortunately, this case did not end as we all had hoped.
Sopra an update two hours later, the the sheriff’s office identified the suspect, writing: ‘The suspect charged durante the death of 23-year old Perrin Damron of Martin County is identified as 45-year old Eric William Westerguard of Jupiter. Westerguard has been charged with First Degree Murder-Premeditated. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.’
According to a report from TC Palm, Westergard is known durante the Palm Beach County ambiente for being the operator of an animal sanctuary that a kangaroo escaped from durante September 2018.