12 years later, body found near home
The body of a Broward County woman missing for 12 years has been found — at the bottom of a lake about 100 yards from her front door. Plantation police said Friday that Gail Schoening's body was found inside her car. Police said several bodies of water were searched after her disappearance in 1997, but there wasn't the proper technology at the time to help deal with poor visibility. In July, police reopened the case and used more advanced equipment to search the water around her apartment. Her body was found on Aug. 18. Police said divers had searched that lake before. She was 35.
Mom, 4 kids die in mobile home fire
An Ocala woman and her four children were killed when their mobile home caught fire. A fire marshal said the roof of the single-wide mobile home collapsed during Saturday morning's blaze. A neighbor said the ages of the children, all boys, ranged from a few months to 5 years. Officials said the fire does not appear suspicious.
Mother bear shot by man in his yard
A Panhandle man has fatally shot a black bear known to roam a neighborhood. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland says the man who shot the bear told officers he was afraid the animal would charge him in his yard Thursday night. The shooter has not been charged. The female bear had two cubs. Kirkland says the cubs are old enough and can live on their own. He says with acorns in the area now for fall, this is the best time for the cubs to fend for themselves.
Collision with hog proves deadly
A 22-year-old Avon Park woman was killed Friday when a wild hog ran in front of her vehicle and she lost control and crashed, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Mandi L. Montanez hit the hog with the passenger side of the vehicle near the wheel well. She lost control of her vehicle, which then went airborne and began to roll. Montanez was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene, the report said. Montanez was on her way to work and was on the phone with her husband when the crash occurred, the report said. Her husband went looking for her and found the crash, the report said.