Body found in Lake Monroe identified

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Officials identify body found in Lake Monroe Kristen Reed Sentinel Staff Writer Posted January 26, 2006, 4:52 PM EST DELTONA -- The body found floating in Lake Monroe has been identified as 20-year-old Daniel ...
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Michelle Taraba

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Jan 27, 2006
 
This is a great loss to our family. Danny is going to be greatly missed by all that knew him. I feel that a little more effort could have been put into looking for him, especially if the police knew of his condition, this tragedy might have been avoided. Danny went through a lot at a young age with the death of his father and that seemed to be the beginning of a lot of his problems. But, he was still a great person to me. And I don't think that Danny was the type of person to do something like this to himself. Somebody out there has to know something about what happened to him and it would be most greatly appreciated if they would talk to the right people and help his family get the peace of mind that they deserve. I know I will be thinking of him on March 17 , what would've been his 21st birthday, and light a candle for him. I will miss you cousin.
Mike sweeney

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Jan 28, 2006
 
I never got to know Danny well, time and distance seem to play a part in that but none the less I feel the loss and pain very much for his mother Connie. Our prayers go out to the family and if anyone knows what really happened we pray they will share it with the authorities. God Bless
Colleen Kirtland-cousin-

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Jan 30, 2006
 
Oh my goodness, I don't even know where to begin. I know the shock and sadness I felt when I heard the news and I could only attempt to imagine what Connie and Michael were feeling. I too, hadn't seen Danny in years and years but it still doesn't change that I do have memories of him as a little guy. The only thing I keep trying to tell myself is that he's very safe now with Uncle Doc, Nana and Pap and his own father. Those he left behind will miss him greatly but someday we'll meet again. All my love goes out to my entire family. I love and miss you all.
Connie Swierczek - Mother

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Feb 4, 2006
 
I wish to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who is supportive during this very difficult time in my life. Losing Danny has been like an onging nightmare for me and Michael. I am looking for some closure as to how and where Danny died, and I just can't imagine how anyone could be so heartless as to leave his body in a state where no one would even recognize him, and a mother couldn't even say her last goodbye's. Please Please, if anyone out there knows anything about his death, contact the authorities. You can call the Volusia County Sheriff's office, Debary substation at 386-668-3830 and leave an annonymous message. Ease your mind of the pain, and make that call. It would help my family to know that someone who knew something, cared enough to make that call. Thank You, and God Bless those who loved Danny!
Colleen Kirtland-cousin- wrote:
Oh my goodness, I don't even know where to begin. I know the shock and sadness I felt when I heard the news and I could only attempt to imagine what Connie and Michael were feeling. I too, hadn't seen Danny in years and years but it still doesn't change that I do have memories of him as a little guy. The only thing I keep trying to tell myself is that he's very safe now with Uncle Doc, Nana and Pap and his own father. Those he left behind will miss him greatly but someday we'll meet again. All my love goes out to my entire family. I love and miss you all.
TINA BARBATI AUNT

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Feb 4, 2006
 
DANNY'S PASSING HAS LEFT HOLE IN ALL OF OUR HEARTS. THIS IS ONE OF THE SADDEST SITUATIONS ANYONE CAN IMAGINE. MY SISTER AND MICHAEL ARE IN DESPARATE NEED OF CLOSURE. I KNOW DANNY IS WATCHING OVER THEM WITH LOVE BUT PLEASE COME FORWARD WITH ANY INFORMATION THAT CAN HELP THEM TO PUT THIS HORRIBLE ORDEAL BEHIMD THEM. DANNY WAS A GREAT LITTLE KID AND DID NOT DESERVE THIS. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED WITH FOND MEMORIES BY ALL OF US. IN MY HEART I KNOW THAT HE IS RESTING IN THE ARMS OF HIS DAD AND MANY OTHERS WHO PASSED BEFORE HIM.
Connie Swierczek - Mother

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Feb 4, 2006
 
TINA BARBATI AUNT wrote:
DANNY'S PASSING HAS LEFT HOLE IN ALL OF OUR HEARTS. THIS IS ONE OF THE SADDEST SITUATIONS ANYONE CAN IMAGINE. MY SISTER AND MICHAEL ARE IN DESPARATE NEED OF CLOSURE. I KNOW DANNY IS WATCHING OVER THEM WITH LOVE BUT PLEASE COME FORWARD WITH ANY INFORMATION THAT CAN HELP THEM TO PUT THIS HORRIBLE ORDEAL BEHIMD THEM. DANNY WAS A GREAT LITTLE KID AND DID NOT DESERVE THIS. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED WITH FOND MEMORIES BY ALL OF US. IN MY HEART I KNOW THAT HE IS RESTING IN THE ARMS OF HIS DAD AND MANY OTHERS WHO PASSED BEFORE HIM.
THANK YOU, SIS! WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH. DANNY WAS LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL AUNT. WE DO HOPE SOMEONE COMES FORWARD SOON, TO HELP US WITH CLOSURE.
Heather Stout- cousin

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Feb 5, 2006
 
I too had not seen Danny in years, but my not knowing him personally as an adult doesn't dilute the memories I have of him and Mike as kids, and they were good ones. To Connie I can only say Hang on, and let the love of friends and family confort you until some answers and closure can be found. I would like to reiterate the request to anyone who has any information on Danny's dissapearance and death to please share what you know with the authorities so that his family may mourn his passing properly. God Bless
Nick Barbati

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Feb 5, 2006
 
Danny's death really has left me at a loss for words these past few days. I still to this day cannot believe the news, especially considering I recently had the privelege of talking to him on the phone, something I'm so grateful to say I was able to do. As children, I have so many fond memories of us together and pictures to remind me. Being only three weeks apart in age, I was lucky enough to grow up with Danny and spend so much time with Aunt Connie. This news really has broken my heart-please, someone out there bring closure for our family. We'll miss you dearly, Dan. All my love, Nicky
Libby Melchiondo

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Feb 5, 2006
 
My sympathy goes out to Connie and Michael, and all of Danny's other relatives and friends. It's heartbreaking that someone could be so cruel to a young man so undeserving of cruelty.
LeeAnn

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Feb 6, 2006
 
Dan was an awesome person. Very energetic, sweet, kind, outgoing, outspoken, lovable, caring, and very respectful. At times he wasnt but we all have our moments. This just doesnt seem real, its hard to grasp, Every night I sit there and think of how someone could have done this to him. He didnt deserve it. No one can tell me that he just ended up in a lake with no signs of anything. Someone did this and whoever did it will come back to them.
Dan and I go back about 4-5 years. It was a learning experience for me, something I should have never done but we all make mistakes. I ran away and I walking down DeBary Dr. with his best friend Chris. Chris was bringing me to his house to meet him. Well as we are walking, here comes Dan from the opposite direction with a big smile and from there it was like we already knew each other. I have so many memories that will always be kept deep in my heart as well as cherished and always remembered. May Chris and Dan Rest in Peace. We had a special bond that no one came close to. At times we didnt talk for months to a year and I go to visit and he has my pictures all on his walls which made me feel special knowing that he cared.I will always remember all the times we shared getting into trouble, trying to get our lives straight, going through ups and downs, but always being there for one another when we needed it the most. Now he is safe with his father and his best friend as well as other family and friends. He will be dearly missed but he is watching over us all protecting and guiding us all. Closure will come until then just pray for things to get better and my heart goes out to Connie and Mike. They are wonderful people, I love ya guys, just hang in there. Always remember he's safe and with you at all times. He's our guardian angels watching over us. Love ya Danny!
Connie Swierczek - Mother

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Feb 6, 2006
 
Thank you for the kind words, Heather. Danny loved you, as he did all of his cousins, and it meant so much that you remembered him and us on this site. We love you, sweet niece/cousin. Aunt Connie & Mike
Heather Stout- cousin wrote:
I too had not seen Danny in years, but my not knowing him personally as an adult doesn't dilute the memories I have of him and Mike as kids, and they were good ones. To Connie I can only say Hang on, and let the love of friends and family confort you until some answers and closure can be found. I would like to reiterate the request to anyone who has any information on Danny's dissapearance and death to please share what you know with the authorities so that his family may mourn his passing properly. God Bless
Connie Swierczek - Mother

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Feb 6, 2006
 
Libby Melchiondo wrote:
My sympathy goes out to Connie and Michael, and all of Danny's other relatives and friends. It's heartbreaking that someone could be so cruel to a young man so undeserving of cruelty.
Hi Libby, Thank you for remembering Danny, Mike and Me. His aunts, uncles, cousins and friends have been extremely kind to us. Danny always spoke of his fond memories of his family up north. He thought your daughter, Heather, was so sweet. We will miss our Danny Boy and are praying for some closure. Have Heather send me your email address so I can send you a copy of the greatest picture ever taken of Lou and all the kids at Christmas. Love, Connie
Connie Swierczek - Mother

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Feb 6, 2006
 
Dear Nicky, My heart was broken too, dear nephew. You and Danny couldn't have been any closer, being born just 3 weeks apart and your Mom and me sharing our babies together. The years have passed so quickly and Dan just loved talking to you on the phone. Distance doesn't interrupt love. I can still hear his laughter and that makes me smile. I know I'll break down on his 21st birthday, because that was what he was looking forward to. I'm sure he's watching over all of us, and he will be standing next to you on your birthday, sweetie. Love you, Aunt Connie
Nick Barbati wrote:
Danny's death really has left me at a loss for words these past few days. I still to this day cannot believe the news, especially considering I recently had the privelege of talking to him on the phone, something I'm so grateful to say I was able to do. As children, I have so many fond memories of us together and pictures to remind me. Being only three weeks apart in age, I was lucky enough to grow up with Danny and spend so much time with Aunt Connie. This news really has broken my heart-please, someone out there bring closure for our family. We'll miss you dearly, Dan. All my love, Nicky
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Feb 7, 2006
 
dan was like a bro ther to me.He had always been there for me.Every time i think about him my eyes start to tear.I met dan one day at the movie we used to call him cue ball.But he was still there for me i just wish i could have done something to prevent it:(. this is to my bro who is now in thug mansion. he was always listening to 2Pac's Thug Mansion
Kathi Harmon

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Feb 7, 2006
 
Connie and Mike,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Please find some comfort in the poem. Know that Danny is in a far better place where nothing can ever hurt him again. He knows he was loved and he loved back. He is now an angel and will be with us always.

The Messenger

From an Angel on high
a tender message of love was softly whispered into the ear
of this humble scribe....
Weep not for me
now that I have passed.
Remember the laughter, the affection, the joy
not just the recent tears.
Cherish the memories, our hopes and dreams.
Hold fast to the love that we shared.
Be happy with the time we spent together
and being anew.
For I am not really gone,
I am closer than ever before.
As the morning sun rises
and throughout the busy day...I am with you.
Until the setting sun disappears on the horizon
and we watch the day turn into night...I am here.
You may feel a faint breeze stir round your head, while you slumber
as I gently kiss your forehead, "Good night."
The stars that shine so brightly in my heavenly sky
help me watch over you and keep you from harm.
I am the wind in the trees
and the song of a bird.
I am moonbeams in a midnight sky
and a glorious rainbow after the storm.
I am morning dew
and freshly-fallen snow.
I am a butterfly flying overhead
and a puppy happily at play.
I am a smile on a stranger's face
a gentle touch
a warm embrace.
Listen to the wind for my message of love.
Watch the sun rise and set in the sky with me.
Feel my essence encircle you with warm memories.
Open your heart to know...I am not gone.
Reach deep into your soul...You will find me.
I am here.
Have no fear.
I am with you,
Always.
Lysa

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Feb 7, 2006
 
Hi Connie and Michael. I am glad this site is available for folks to personally send you their love, support and well wishes. I will remember Danny as the gentleman he always was to me. Everytime I came home for a visit, Danny would offer me a cool drink, would sit and talk with me and made me feel welcome, always. Michael and Connie have always done the same as well and it means a lot to me. My dad is fortunate to have you both in his life and I am thankful you have each other right now. I hope you find peace and your grief is outweighed by loving memories and stories of Danny. I would like to hear some when you're up to it. Murray and I send all our love to you, your extended family and anyone who loved and knew Danny. Words cannot express the pain in my heart knowing what must be going through yours. I am blessed to have 5 siblings, and I can't imagine life without any one of them. Michael, you have 6 siblings in us, too -- Tami, Teri, Chuck, me, Sharon and Dara. I am here if you need anything at all. Love is all around you.
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Feb 7, 2006
 
TO ANYONE WHO HAS ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE DEATH OF DANNY, PLEASE call the Volusia County Sheriff's office, DeBary sub-station at (386) 668-3830 and leave an anonymous message. You may think your information is not that important, but ALL information is vital to a thorough investigation. The Swierczek family is counting on you to DO THE RIGHT THING. Find it in your heart to help Danny's beloved family. Please ...
Sharon Kolb

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Feb 7, 2006
 
Dear Connie- I don't even know where to begin. I know you don't know me very well... if at all, but you were one of the first people to welcome me into your family... I want you to know that I DO consider you one of my family. I can't even begin to feel what you are going through. I have been wanting to get ahold of you for a week or so, but thought this wasn't my place and wanted to give you time to grieve, think, scream, cry, remember.... I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and Ray, and to let you know that I love you both very much. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Sharon
Dara Lindberg

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Feb 7, 2006
 
Dear Connie and Mike-I wanted to send a note to tell you that I am praying for you two and that they find the person(s) responsible for Danny's death.

Although we have never met, I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family.

Love,Dara (Lysa's little sister)
Connie Swierczek - Mother

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Feb 8, 2006
 
Hi Austin, I'm so thankful that Dan had so many friends. He would stand up for all of you under any and all circumstances. Friends are like Angels, always there. The love from his friends seems to be all around me lately, and for that I am most humbley grateful. I knew how close the two of you were, Austin. A mother just knows these things. When you and his other friends call him "brother", it touches my heart. We're all feeling so much pain and grief, but we must remember the good times we had with Dan. His laughter, his funny way of looking at things, his love of matching clothes, his way of letting everyone know he is present,(loud but happy!) and most of all his zest for life. I hope you and all his other friends will be able to move on as he would like you to do. Know that he cared so deeply for his friends and although you are all grieving at his loss, he is watching over you. In everything you do, Dan will be with you, cheering you on. That is Dan's Legacy! Love, Connie
Austin Sharp FRIEND wrote:
dan was like a bro ther to me.He had always been there for me.Every time i think about him my eyes start to tear.I met dan one day at the movie we used to call him cue ball.But he was still there for me i just wish i could have done something to prevent it:(. this is to my bro who is now in thug mansion. he was always listening to 2Pac's Thug Mansion

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