Woman Found in Car in River Drowned, Autopsy Shows

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 20 2014 Jan 20, 2014 Monday, January 20, 2014 7:54:00 AM CST January 20, 2014 in News
Source: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - An autopsy has determined that drowning was the cause of death for a southeast Missouri woman whose body was found in the backseat of a car submerged in the Mississippi River.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton announced autopsy results on Sunday for 62-year-old Autumn D. Vinson of Jackson. Cape Girardeau police said Friday that her body was found inside a Pontiac Bonneville in 5-6 feet of water.

What led the vehicle to go into the water remains under investigation. Authorities have also not determined how long the car was in the river.

A passer-by spotted the antenna and roof of the vehicle Friday morning and contacted police.

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