Police identify East Moline woman found in car pulled from Mississippi River


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Originally Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 10:18 am
Last Updated: Dec. 12, 2012, 8:37 am
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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.














 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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