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Crews have recovered what they believe to be Crystal Friedman’s car (photo by WGNO’s Darian Trotter)

(from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office) – Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team have recovered what they believe to be the body of a missing Slidell-area mother.

A vehicle matching the description of the one Crystal Friedman was driving was located shortly after noon today in an Oak Harbor waterway near Slidell.

Dive team members recovered what is believed to be Friedman’s body from inside that vehicle and crews are working to lift the car out of the water at this time.

The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for identification.

The 28-year-old mother was reported missing Monday, Dec. 9 after she did not return home after going to a local bar to watch the Saints game the previous night. She was last seen that night at a gas station / convenience store located near Natal’s bar on Hwy 11.

On Friday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began using marine division boats equipped with side-scan sonar devices and the Sheriff’s office helicopter to search Lake Pontchartrain and the waterways near Eden Isles and the Rigolets.

crystal The search continues for a North Shore mother.

Crystal Friedman disappeared nearly one week ago after leaving a bar in Slidell.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke with the family members about the active role they’re taking, and how you can help.

“She disappeared from the face of the earth,” father Charles Friedman said.

He’s talking about Crystal Friedman.

The 28 year old mother was last seen with friends Sunday night, watching the Saints football game at Natal’s Lounge, located on Highway 11, in Slidell.

Family members became worried when Crystal didn’t come home after the game.

Something isn’t right; they just don’t know why.

“I’m really not sure,”  mother Pamela Friedman said.

“She never stays away,” sister Tiffani Carr said. “She always comes home even if its’ four, or five in the morning she’ll come home.”

Detectives with St. Tammany Parish have since launched an investigation into her mysterious disappearance.

Security camera video from nearby Red Fish Trading shows Crystal’s 2011 Hyundai Sonata traveling south on Highway 11 just before midnight.

Dive teams fanned out Friday and searched the chilly waters of Lake Pontchartrain, using sonar equipment.

Family members posted flyers in an exhaustive search of their own.

“We’re looking all over, we’ve been looking in New Orleans we’re looking everywhere,” Charles said.

During this obviously difficult time, loved ones have been forced to put on a brave face for Crystal’s three year old son.

“We don’t know what to tell him,  Charles said. “So far we’ve been telling him his mother went somewhere and hadn’t come back but he knows something’s wrong.”

Their tireless search for the 5-foot-2 blond continues. They want her home for Christmas.

“I want her to know that we love her,” Pamela said. “Crystal we love you and we’re going to find you and we’re never going to stop looking for you until we find you and bring you home.”

Family and friends are planning to canvass the area during a  foot search scheduled  for 9:45 Saturday morning.

The public is invited to meet at in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell.

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