[SeMissourian.com] Light Rain ~ 44°F  
River stage: 26.56 ft. Rising
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Autopsy: Woman pulled from river drowned

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cape Girardeau Fire/Rescue team members recover a submerged passenger car in the Mississippi River Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at the Red Star boat access area.
(Fred Lynch)
An autopsy conducted Sunday on a Jackson woman whose body was pulled from the Mississippi River confirmed the cause of death was drowning, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said.

Authorities discovered the body of Autumn D. Vinson, 62, in a Pontiac Bonneville submerged in five to six feet of water east of the Red Star boat access area, the Cape Girardeau Police Department reported Friday.

Clifton said the toxicology results will not be available for several days and the investigation is continuing.

In an email to the Southeast Missourian, Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department, wrote, "The manner of death, what [led] to the vehicle going into the water, is still under investigation."

Hickey said Friday the body was found in the back seat of the vehicle, but it was impossible to tell how it got there, because the submerged vehicle was full of water.

At this point, authorities do not know when or how the vehicle ended up in the river, Hickey said Friday.

A passer-by called police at 10:11 a.m. Friday to report seeing the antenna and roof of the vehicle in the water, Hickey said.

It took crews several hours Friday to remove the car from the river after a first attempt damaged the car's front fender. A tow truck was finally able to pull the car onto the boat ramp about 3:15 p.m.

Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on semissourian.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I guess we can assume that the car belongs to the deceased?

-- Posted by ssnkemp on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 9:21 AM

any way other than dying peacefully is a terrible way to die... especially if they are aware....

-- Posted by initnotofit on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 12:40 PM

was the car running when it hit the water, key on, were the lights on,if so they would have blown when hitting the cold water, seat belt buckled ?? a lot they are not saying

-- Posted by bagman75 on Mon, Jan 20, 2014, at 10:48 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: