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, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn. 1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.