The body of a 28-year-old East Moline woman was found inside a car pulled from the Mississippi River early Monday morning in Moline.
The name of the victim was not released pending notification of relatives.
"It's a tragic, tragic thing that this family is having to go through," said Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson. The woman is believed to have been driving at a high rate of speed on River Drive in Moline and lost control of the vehicle, he said.
A patrol officer noticed tail lights bobbing in the water about 3:30 a.m., and divers retrieved the red four-door car, which had one occupant inside, Detective Scott Williams said at the scene.
About 9:30 a.m. Monday, the vehicle was loaded onto the back of a tow truck across from Butterworth Condominiums at 4412 River Drive, Moline. Its front bumper lay haphazardly across the rocky banks of the Mississippi, but the vehicle appeared to have sustained little additional external damage.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.