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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.