Missing Florida Woman's Car Found, Human Remains Discovered at Scene—Police

The car of a missing Florida woman has been located in the Orlando area with human remains found nearby, local authorities have said.

Julie Noppinger, 37, of Oviedo was last seen on February 26, at a Walmart Super Center, located at 11250 E Colonial Drive in Orlando, according to the police.

On Wednesday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office had issued a press release regarding a missing person on Facebook, asking the public to share the post.

Later in the day, they updated it to note that Noppinger's Red Nissan had been found as well as human remains.

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"We are saddened to report that Julie [Noppinger's] vehicle has been found in a parking lot on E. Colonial Dr. in Orlando," the press release said.

"Human remains were also located nearby but have not yet been positively identified.

"Due to the location of the scene, the investigation has been assumed by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida."

The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office is now performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death to the deceased discovered and confirm the identity of the individual, according to a Law and Crime news report.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office began investigating her disappearance around March 11. Noppinger was officially declared missing on March 15.

Authorities are calling it a death investigation at this point and don't suspect foul play, according to a WFTV 9 report.

This could change once the human remains have been properly examined and the cause of death is established.

Newsweek has contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Earlier this March, the Orange County Sheriff's Office also issued a press release in search of a missing man.

"Missing: Melvin Ray Wilcox, 39, 5'8" 150 lbs. last seen in the area of Elon Rd. in Pine Hills," the Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted on March 18.

A few days later, deputies announced that Wilcox's body had been discovered inside the trunk of his car, according to a Click Orlando news report.

Orlando police found his body on Friday night, March 18, in his Civic that was parked at a pharmacy near Pine Hills Road and North Lane.

The report added that two individuals had been arrested, Johnny Wesley, 42, and Lashawn Triplett, 43. The pair were arrested on Saturday, March 19, and face charges of first-degree murder in connection with Wilcox's death.

Once Wilcox's body was looked at by the Orange County Medical Examiner, it was confirmed he was shot three times, once through the head and twice in the neck-and-shoulder area.

Newsweek has contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Office for more information.

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The last images of missing Florida woman Julie Noppinger and her car. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office announced that Noppinger's car had been found on Wednesday and human remains were also discovered nearby. Seminole County Sheriff's Office