Eric Westergard Wiki – Eric Westergard Biography
Eric Westergard, accused of killing a missing mother in Stuart, owned the kangaroo that once escaped from a sanctuary in Jupiter Farms a few years ago.
Law enforcement authorities in Florida say they have recovered the body of Perrin Damron missing since Friday. A family friend is now charged with murder.
He is 45-year-old.
Perrin Damron Murder
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that 23-year-old Perrin Damron, last seen on the night of Sept. 3, was found dead in the Okeechobee Waterway canal in the Manatee Creek area.
“Her death is being treated as a homicide and an arrest has been made in the case,” the sheriff’s office announced in a Facebook post. “This investigation is still very active and information is still being processed.”
Eric Westergard Arrested
Approximately two hours later, the sheriff’s office confirmed that the suspect taken into custody was 45-year-old Eric William Westergard of Jupiter Farms. Westergard was taken into custody at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Monday.
The sheriff’s office said that Damron was supposed to meet up with the father of her 2-year-old child on Saturday, but the man became worried when she did not show up.
He had been caring for the child since Friday, the sheriff said. Damron’s family told investigators it was “unlike her” to stand up a friend and filed a missing person report. The sheriff, noting that the woman’s vehicle was accounted for, asked anyone who had seen her call 911 immediately.
Investigators soon learned that Damron had been spotted with Westergard, who Sheriff William Snyder described as a friend of Damron’s mother.
During a press briefing on Monday, Snyder said his office was “very suspicious” of Westergard “from the very beginning” of the investigation, emphasizing that the man had made several incriminating statements after officers found physical evidence in his home that reportedly connected him to the crime. Snyder declined to elaborate on what that evidence was or how it linked Westergard to Damron’s murder, saying the investigation was still ongoing.
An early break in the case came when detectives received video evidence from a Ring doorbell camera that allegedly showed Westergard near Damron’s home after picking her up from the residence, authorities said. Snyder asked for anyone with a possible video of Westergard and Damron to provide footage to his office please, saying “every piece of evidence counts.”