Discovered body may be missing woman

Jan. 20, 2008 at 2:21 PM

NORTH PORT, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Florida say the discovery of the body of a white female may bring an end to the search for a missing 21-year-old woman.

While the family of North Port resident Denise Amber Lee has been notified of the grisly discovery, North Port Police Chief Terry Lewis called for caution until the body is identified, The Tampa Tribune reported Sunday.

Lewis said if the body turns out to be that of Lee, the daughter of veteran sheriff's lieutenant Richard Goff, it would be a tragic end to the missing person case.

"We wanted closure for the family. That's what's important," Lewis said following Saturday's discovery in Sarasota County. "Richard Goff, her dad, wanted her home. We brought her home, but this is not the way we, as a team, wanted to bring her home."

The Tribune said hundreds of leads had been provided since Lee's disappearance, but Lewis said the discovery of the body was the result of an ongoing search in the area and not a tip.

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