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Missing Woman Mourned
Authorities Suspect Foul Play Involved
October 08, 1994By BATTINTO BATTS JR. Staff Writer
CORAL GABLES — Friday was supposed to be a day of smiles and happiness for Ed O'Dell and Lynne Friend, who were to be married on the Caribbean
Instead it was a day of tears and sorrow, as O'Dell sat among Friend's family and loved ones at her memorial service.
"I keep thinking about what we would be doing," O'Dell said. "I wonder if we would be having dinner now. I wonder if I would have been calling her `Mrs. O'Dell' and she would be giggling."
About 100 attended the service at
Missing for six weeks and presumed dead, Friend was remembered for loving her son dearly, caring earnestly for her friends and longing for a better life.
Friend, 35, vanished from her Hallandale home on Aug. 28 - just days before she and her son, Christian, were to move to Nashville, Tenn., to live with O'Dell.
A marketing director at
Authorities think Friend was murdered and her body dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of
On the night she disappeared, U.S. Customs agents reported seeing Friend's ex-husband and a companion drop something off a boat into the ocean.
No one has been arrested in the case.
Clifford Friend could not be reached for comment. He and Christian left for
"Looking back now I wish I had grasped how scared Lynne was," said Greg Anderson, Friend's attorney in her custody battle for Christian. "It makes me second-guess and wonder if there was something I could have done to prevent this."
A U.S. Navy ship searched the waters off
Authorities have refused to comment on any possible findings. O'Dell paid $13,000 for the ship OCP Seacon to continue the search through Friday afternoon.
"I want Lynne's body found," O'Dell said. "I want to be able to go to her grave and put flowers on it."
O'Dell, a Tennessee-based executive for a company that builds hospitals, said he and Friend met eight years ago at
Friend's brother, Larry Allen, flew in from
"Today was supposed to be the beginning of a new life for her and Ed," Allen said. "She had been through so much. This is not the way it was supposed to work out."