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Grandmother last seen at Hard Rock Casino two months ago found dead in Hillsborough River

Posted at 3:55 PM, Mar 18, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — A woman last seen at a local casino two months ago was found dead in the Hillsborough River Friday.

Deborah Saucier, 62, was reported missing on Jan. 8, last seen by her family leaving her home.

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That day she was also seen on surveillance video at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

Her vehicle was found abandoned near Julian B Lane Park and a silver alert was activated.

Since she was reported missing, TPD detectives worked with Saucier's family and searched for video in the area where her car was abandoned.

On Friday, March 15, at about 11:32 a.m., FWC was called out to Water Taxi Dock #16 on the Hillsborough River to investigate something lodged under the floating dock. It was determined it was a body, and the TPD dive team responded to recover the body.

Monday the body was confirmed to be Saucier's.

Police say there are no signs of foul play, and at this time they are still working to determine how Saucier ended up in the river.