Missouri woman dead after being trapped in submerged vehicle
MULBERRY, Kan. (AP) - A Missouri woman is dead after her vehicle slid sideways into a Kansas lake and became submerged, trapping her inside.
The Crawford County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office said 52-year-old Venice Ann Little of Mindenmines, Missouri, was found dead inside the cab of her submerged GMC Sonoma pickup truck Tuesday. The Joplin Globe reports an initial investigation determined Little drove too close to a bank near the lake in Mulberry City Park and her vehicle lost traction in the wet grass and mud.
Two other occupants, 47-year-old Sherri West of LaCygne, Kansas, and 33-year-old Mandi Umphenour of Mulberry, Kansas, were able to escape the sinking vehicle. They were unable to get Little out.
An autopsy was set to be performed to determine Little's cause of death, which appeared to be drowning.