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|Elmwood Woman Dies As Vehicle Swept Away by Spoon River Flooding
|POSTED 5:25 a-m 5/18/09 Flooding along the Spoon River is likely to blame for the death of a woman, who's body was discovered in her submerged vehicle Sunday following a search involving multiple agencies.
The Knox County Sheriff's Department says family members identified the victim as 47-year old Susan Hogue of Elmwood. She was pronounced dead by coroner Mark Thomas and no foul play is suspected.
Deputies were dispatched to Knox County Highway 29 just north of London Mills and the Spoon River around midnight Saturday following a report of a vehicle being swept off the road due to the flooding. Witnesses told police they saw a white vehicle traveling northbound when the water pushed it off the road and caused it to become submerged.
Members of the Knox County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team, the Illinois Department of Conservation and several other agencies searched for the vehicle for around five hours before the effort was suspended because of high water and strong currents.
Authorities resumed the search around 10 a-m Saturday with the assistance of an airplane and a boat equipped with radar, which was able to pinpoint an area where the vehicle was possibly traveling in. Officials say the depth of the water in that location was about nine feet with a very strong current. The search was again terminated after several hours and resumed Sunday.
Police say the search team located the vehicle around 1:45 Sunday afternoon, and about an hour later, divers located a single occupant in the vehicle who was later determined to be Hogue.
Officials say an autopsy is scheduled for later today in Peoria. Numerous other agencies assisted Knox County and state authorities in the search.
|05 18 09 by Newsroom
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