SUV in lake casts Vian case back into spotlight

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It’s been eleven weeks since Danniella Vian was last seen. 

The Mobile mother was last spotted at a Shell gas station off Government Boulevard and I-65 on July 17th. 

But Tuesday, many thought there was a possible break in the case when a vehicle was found in a lake a half mile from where she was last seen. 

Those who know Danniella say they were closely watching our Facebook live of the vehicle in the pond Tuesday morning, hoping and praying it wasn’t her. 
 
Although Mobile Police say the car was stolen from Biloxi and has nothing to do with Vian’s missing persons case, it has put more eyes on her investigation.

“I watched with bated breath the entire time. It was extremely scary. Then kind of hopeful, then scary, then hopeful, it was an emotional rollercoaster for sure. It as hard on all of us as a unit fighting so hard to find her,” said Elizabeth Logan, a family friend of Vian.

Logan tells News 5 she breathed a sigh of relief once she realized it wasn’t Danniella’s blue 2014 Chevy Cruz. “When we saw it come out of the car completely and it’s from Wisconsin? No… and the wrong kind of car too.”

The black Chevy SUV was pulled out of the lake late Tuesday morning with no one inside. Investigators believe it was pushed in on purpose because all the windows were down to help it sink.

Since Tuesday marks eleven weeks since Vian was last seen, Elizabeth Logan and her son went to the Rouses parking lot off Old Shell road to pass out flyers with pictures of Danniella and her car. 

She says she won’t rest until Danniella comes home.

“It’s brought her back to the center of attention. She needs to be known, she needs to be found, she needs to be talked about. Danniella Vian should be a household name by this point.”

Mobile Police have a blog on its website where you can leave anonymous tips. 

There will be a prayer vigil for Danniella on October 13th at 6 pm at Cathedral Square. 

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