More than 30 days after his daughter vanished, Robert Varner said he is relieved that police have finally deemed Sandra Lemire's disappearance suspicious.
"It makes me feel a little bit better," he said. "I think they're taking it a little more serious now."
Varner said he has been in close contact with detectives at the Orlando Police Department in the four weeks since his 47-year-old daughter went missing.
"I think they're doing a good job," he said adding that at this point he just wants one thing ? to know what happened to his daughter.
Lemire lived with her grandmother Pauline Varner in an Orlando subdivision near Interstate 4 and John Young Parkway before she vanished May 8.
Lemire, who helped care for her grandmother, left the home in Varner's red 2004 Ford Freestar to meet a man she met online and never came back.
Police interviewed the man and they ruled him out as a suspect.
The two met at a restaurant in Kissimmee where he works before his overnight shift began.
Police have not released the man's name but Robert Varner said investigators have told the family that surveillance video from the restaurant showed that he stayed at work for several hours after Lemire left.
Since then, there's been no sign of the woman or the van, which had this Florida tag: J36-8ZE.
Both Robert and Pauline Varner say they are most worried about Lemire's health. She is a diabetic and they say she left home that night without her needles or insulin, something they say she would never have done if she planned to leave town.
"If she said she was going shopping and would be back in an hour, she would be back in an hour," Pauline Varner said.
Even Chico, the family's light brown short-haired Chihuahua, seems to miss her. Lemire's grandmother said the dog keeps checking her bedroom to see if she has come back.
Lemire has family all over the country, including three adult children and a brother in Michigan, one sister in North Carolina and another here in Central Florida.
She moved here from Michigan three years ago after her longtime boyfriend died from a medical problem.
No new leads or suspects have cropped up. Sgt. Vince Ogburn, spokesman for the Orlando Police Department, said because investigators have seen no sign of her or her car, they have deemed her disappearance suspicious.
"We would normally have come across the car or her within 30 days," Ogburn said.
Ogburn added that OPD still believes Lemire is alive.
"We have no reason to believe she is not alive," he said.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to Lemire or her vehicle.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS
"We don't have any closure," Robert Varner said. "We just want the closure. We want to know what happened to her. We'd like to say hopefully they will find the person or people that did this and bring them to justice but we don't have any leads."