Discussion in 'Located Persons Discussion' started by HouseRules, Oct 4, 2020.
Oh no! Whatever could have happened? Godspeed Tracey. moo
I just got home and jumped in here to see if any updates and saw this.
Very odd phrasing by Venice PD, imo. "The case is being treated as a traffic homicide."
According to Wikipedia, "Homicide is the act of one human killing another. It requires only a volitional act by another person that results in death, and thus a homicide may result from accidental, reckless, or negligent acts, even if there is no intent to cause harm."
So homicide is clearly the killing of one person by another. The act involves two distinct persons. One would think the VPD knows this. So the VPD is stating that they are treating this case as if another person (besides Stacey) is involved.
If the VPD's statement is a misstatement or an unintentionally misleading statement, I think they should correct it right away (to say something like "the case is being investigated as a traffic accident", or even "the case is being investigated as a traffic fatality"). If it is not a misstatement, then who could the "another person" be?
I’m also local to this area. This has been very well publicized around here, and they’ve been looking for Tracey for like 10 days. She was found pretty much around the corner from her house. Neighbors just now noticed tracks? That doesn’t seem right.
It’s all very odd
Venice police going door to door to see if neighbors captured anything on video in the disappearance of Tracey Rieker
VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) - Police are hoping a neighbor’s home surveillance camera captured something in Toscana Isles. They have been going door to door. Family members say 44-year-old Tracey Rieker had disappeared last Wednesday sometime between 2am and 6am after leaving her home.
I’m hoping there is video from the houses in the neighborhood...
The case is being investigated as a traffic crash that involved death of an involved party. An investigation continues to determine Rieker’s cause of death. As more information becomes available it will be released by VPD. There will be no press conference at this time.
We had a missing person case a few years back where a young man drove off the side of the road into a body of water and died. It was late, the roads were dark, he was tired and he just veered off into the water. Same thing, some one noticed the track marks and broken guard rail and we found him. We don't have a lot of street lights here, especially in areas that are new, or on back roads. If she left at 2 am in the dark for what ever reason, it is possible she just misjudged the turn, road, what ever and drove into the pond.
Body of missing mom-of-four, 44, 'is found inside her car in a pond near her Florida home' | Daily Mail Online
'Inside the vehicle was a deceased female, believed to be that of Tracey Lynn Rieker, 44, missing from her Venice home since Sept. 30.
'Authorities are in the process of recovering the vehicle at this time. The case is being investigated as a traffic crash that involved death of an involved party. An investigation continues to determine Rieker’s cause of death.'
I remember there was a case where a vehicle was pulled from a lake and the victim's hands were found to have been duct-taped to the steering wheel. I can see why that would qualify as homicide.
Police: Deceased woman found inside of green Nissan Xterra in large pond in Venice
Been following this case to some degree, it is sad and kind of scary.
Where her car was found - farther up on Knights Trail Rd is Pinelands Reserve, entrance is located right before the gate to the refuse center. I have to wonder if she was headed to that park?
We lived in Venice when we first moved to FL - it's a clean and safe town in more ways than one. Last Friday I had time off from work and went shopping downtown Venice on the island. One of the reasons it's become a desirable tourist destination, tourists who just want some peace and quiet in the sun. My only complaint about Venice: too much land development on Jacaranda south of I-74, along Border Rd, and Laurel Ave.
I've never heard the term vehicular homicide or traffic homicide.
I've questions to ask about this case but they are probably better suited for off the forum discussion.
Yes, that's what they are called in Florida. I'm wondering if this was during a storm. So many cases in this state where people's cars have slid into a retention pond and haven't been found for days or weeks. That's one reason you should carry a hammer somewhere in the front of your car, if you become submerged then you can break the window to get out....otherwise, that would be the end of the story. May she RIP and prayers for her family.
No storm that night, 9/30/2020 into 10/1/2020.
Past Weather in Sarasota, Florida, USA — Yesterday or Further Back
but if its near her home surely she would be very familiar with the road, the water ways etc.
If she did accidently crash into the water she must have been incapacitated with alcohol or drugs or a mental psychosis.
A traffic homicide sounds like the car has signs of being hit by another. Paint remnants etc.
Hope they are looking close to home.....
Given the quick announcement, I'd say there is most likely visible evidence on the exterior of her vehicle that she was rammed off the road.
Definition of Vehicular Homicide
Under Florida Statute 782.071, the crime of Vehicular Homicide is committed when a person causes the death of another person while operating a motor vehicle in a reckless manner likely to cause death or great bodily harm.
Vehicular Homicide in Florida
www.richardhornsby.com › Florida Crimes › Homicide
They removed the "homicide" tag and switched to the accident involving death.
Finally. I think someone made a big mistake and instead of saying a traffic accident resulting in death, they used the word homicide. I hope there's a more thorough explanation soon, the family must be beside themselves.