Vigil held for Orange Co. mother found dead; Family demands answers into search effort

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

A vigil was held Sunday for a mother whose life was cut short when she veered her car into a retention pond on her way home from her job at a hotel near Universal Studios.

Sunday marks a month since Carline Brumaire-Jean was reported missing and many in the Haitian community are outraged it took that long to find her and are demanding answers into what they called a delayed response in the search.

“We are disappointed in the response of the Sheriff’s Office and Orlando police. We believe they dropped the ball,” said Jacky Chery, president of United Haitians Living Abroad.

It took investigators nearly four weeks to find Carline Brumaire-Jean after she was reported missing, even though a tourist called 911 to report a sinking car in a pond on Vineland Road.

Orlando's new police chief said his officers were called to that area the night the car may have gone into the water, but officers did not go into the water, nor did they use a helicopter to search the area.

The chief said that might have been different if they had known that Orange County was working a missing person's case with ties to that area.

WFTV learned Orlando’s police chief launched an internal investigation into the incident.