Missing man found dead in submerged wreck recovered in Buena Ventura Lakes

Jose Lebron last seen on May 15, Orange County deputies said

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A man was found dead on Friday afternoon after first responders recovered a submerged vehicle from a nearby pond in Buena Ventura Lakes, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said 36-year-old Jose Lebron was reported missing after having last been seen on May 15 near Ward Road and Bishop Landing Way. At the time, Lebron had been driving a 2013 Black Cadillac ATS, deputies added.

However, the Cadillac was recovered from a pond in Buena Ventura Lakes on Friday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Sky 6 video shows that the Cadillac was towed out of a pond off Blue Bayou and Waters Edge Drive around 3:30 p.m. Deputies later announced that Lebron had been found dead inside of the vehicle.

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Troopers explained that the Cadillac had been driving south along Waters Edge Drive, but the driver failed to negotiate the curve, instead running off the roadway.

As a result, the car struck a utility box and crashed into the pond, trapping the driver inside as the car filled with water, troopers said.

No additional information has been provided at this time.

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In a previous version of this article, News 6 reported that the vehicle was recovered in Lake Buena Vista. The wreck was actually recovered in Buena Ventura Lakes, according to law enforcement. The article has been corrected to reflect this fact.

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