An East Moline woman found dead early Monday in a car submerged in the Mississippi River has been identified as Leah F. Manche, 28.
The car was discovered at 3:14 a.m. Monday after a patrol officer in the 4500 block of River Drive, Moline, saw tail lights on the surface of the river.
The Moline Fire Department was dispatched at 3:15 a.m. and launched water rescue efforts by 3:37 a.m. The department was able to locate the vehicle, which was totally submerged about 10 to 15 yards from shore, but because of high waves and wind, the search had to be terminated.
Big River Rescue/Recovery Dive Team divers arrived shortly after, and the red, four-door Pontiac Grand Prix was pulled out of the water. Ms. Manche was found inside.
No autopsy has been planned, and it will be several weeks before results of a toxicology screen are available, Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said Tuesday.
The accident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Traffic Division of the Moline Police Department at (309) 524-2214.
Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: On Monday the 11th inst. on Center Ridge in Mercer County,some citizens got out their cannon to celebrate the taking of Richmond. The gun wasoverloaded and burst. No one was injured, but one 30-pound piece went though thesecond story of a house. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The old folks concert at the Harper Theater last night to benefit St.Luke's Cottage Hospital, attracted a large audience. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Unless depredation by vandals in Rock Island parks is halted,special policemen will be assigned to night duty to protect the flowers and other property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Station WHBF has received a special citation from Washington forits participation in Air Mail Week, which was observed this week throughout the nation. 1963 -- 50 years ago: A 10-year high in employment in the Quad-City area was reachedat the end of the last quarter, according to an industrial employment barometer releasedtoday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Pee Wee teams will be able to play baseball and softball as usualon Diamond Three at Dorrance Park this summer, but after that, the ball field is doomed.County crews have put the diamond back in shape after heavy trucks marred the playingfield earlier this spring. Illinois Department of Transportation crews drove onto it to makeborings for the relocation of the junction of Illinois 84 and the Port Byron-Hillsdale road.