Body believed to be missing Venice mom of 4 found in vehicle in pond

Sarasota County

VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) – A body believed to be a missing mother of four was recovered from a large Venice pond on Saturday.

According to Venice Police Chief Tom Mattmuller, divers with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the North Port Police Department, assisted by the FWC and Venice Police, located a green Nissan Xterra in a subdivision in Venice, close to Knights Trail.

Chief Matmuller confirmed a woman’s body, believed to be that of Tracey Rieker, 44, was found.

Rieker has been missing from her home since Sept. 30.

Below is a statement from her family:

“Our family is grateful for the outpouring of support and donations of both time and resources in the search for Tracey. The outcome of the investigation is shocking and devastating, and we wish this could have been investigated sooner to bring needed closure for the family. At this time, we are grieving as a extended and cohesive family unit, and request privacy while we work through this.”

Rieker/Spurry Family

Authorities are recovering the vehicle.

The case is being treated as a homicide and Rieker’s cause of death has not been confirmed.

Rieker’s husband, Christian, said his wife left her wallet and cell phone at home.

Christian said his wife had been in a manic state, leaving family and friends even more worried.

“We are concerned about what mindset she’s in. She didn’t get a whole lot of sleep a couple of days prior to that. She wasn’t eating a whole lot,” Rieker told 8 On Your Side on Oct. 5.

If you know anything about the disappearance of Tracey Rieker, please call the Venice Police Department at 941-486-2444.

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