City of Wylie officials said they recovered a body believed to be that of Almaz Gebremedhin, a woman missing since Oct. 2.
The city reports a search and rescue team notified authorities after discovering a van in the Muddy Creek Farms pond at 2500 McMillen Road in Wylie. A private search and recovery team from Illinois found the van using sonar. A dive team discovered the body inside the van.
Police said they're waiting on an autopsy to confirm whether the body is Gebremedhin.
"It's very tough," family friend Feyera Milkessa said. "You know the family not knowing, not having a clue for five plus weeks since she went missing."
Police said they're still investigating how the van ended up in the pond.
The 42-year-old Gebremedhin was a married mother of two children, ages 10 and 8. She and her husband are natives of Ethiopia. Her family hired a private detective to help look for her.
Gebremedhin was last seen wearing scrubs and heading to work at her home at 5 a.m., Oct. 2. Police said the van was found near Gebremedhin's place of employment.