Toni Anderson may have been found dead, with authorities finding a woman's body in the submerged auto identified to the missing woman. A volunteer rescue team using sonar was able to locate the 20-year-old's 2012 Ford Focus underwater near Parkville around 6 p.m. Friday. The woman's identify was not known, but the mother of Toni Anderson confirmed to KCTV that the license tag on the vehicle matched that of her daughter's auto. "There is somebody inside", her mother, Liz Anderson, told the newspaper through her sobs. The search has been focused on Platte Landing Park and Riss Lake in Parkville. That said, cops don't suspect foul play. But she was pulled over on her way by a North Kansas City police officer for an illegal lane change. "It doesn't make sense, one bit".
Anderson was last seen January 15, driving a black Ford Focus as she left a QuikTrip in North Kansas City.
Her mother, Liz Anderson of Wichita, told The Star on Sunday that police had confirmed the identity. She told the officer she was nearly out of gasoline and the officer directed her to a Quik Trip at 26th and Burlington streets. Although the professional said he found the vehicle fairly easily, he said you have to know what to look for.
The young woman disappeared after she texted her boyfriend at 4:42 a.m.
Officers do have surveillance video with Anderson in it but are not releasing it as it is apart of their investigation.
"Toni's father made contact with us asking if we could be of assistance", said Tammy Watters, the owner of Team Watters Sonar Search and Recovery.
The search for Toni Anderson became a national story a few weeks after her disappearance, when her story was featured on Dateline.
"This has just been a frightful nightmare", Toni's mother, Elizabeth Anderson, told KWCH. The body has been sent for an autopsy that authorities say will positively identify the body and will likely determine the cause and manner of death, but that official word may not come until early in the coming week.