Family friend accused of killing 23-year-old Florida mom

Posted at 7:04 AM, September 7, 2021 and last updated 3:14 PM, December 13, 2022

By Todd Wilson

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) — It’s in Palm Beach County that a one-time family friend is accused of murdering 23-year-old Perrin Damron.

Loved ones knew something was wrong when Perrin didn’t pick up her two-year-old child. Investigators said quick police work and a doorbell camera helped zero in on the suspect.

“Our detectives along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and our marine assets recovered Ms. Damron’s body,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.

FILE – (L) Eric Westergard, (R) Perrin Damron (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, WPTV)

He said accused killer Eric Westergard led detectives to an overpass at the Okeechobee waterway at Highway 710, near Indiantown. That’s where they recovered 23-year-old Perrin Damron’s body.

“Our detectives were on it and very suspicious of him. There was never a point where we were able to eliminate him from suspicion,” he said.

Sheriff Snyder said loved ones knew something was not right when she failed to pick up her young son at his father’s house this past weekend. Within hours she was reported missing.

“We began looking. We did what we always do, checked jails, checked hospitals,” he said.

Sunday, investigators learned that Damron was last seen with family friend Eric Westergard.

“It was actually a ring camera putting Mr. Westergard back at the house after he originally picked her up at 6:30.” Snyder said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office gets involved because Westergard’s believed to have committed the crime in its county.

“The suspect made incriminating statements. There was some physical evidence found at the house and ultimately the suspect led us to the overpass,” Snyder added.

Westergard, a Jupiter Farms resident, is in the Palm Beach County jail.

He has been charged with first-degree murder.

This story was originally published September 6, 2021, by WPTV in West Palm Beach, an E.W. Scripps Company.