An East Moline woman whose body was recovered from a vehicle submerged in the Mississippi River off the Ben Butterwoth Parkway in Moline on Dec. 10 drowned, according to Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.
The death of Leah F. Manche, 28, wasa "presumed drowning due to a motor vehicle mishap," Mr. Gustafson said on Tuesday.
He said alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident but didn't say what her blood alcohol level was.
No autopsy was performed, and Mr. Gustafson said the case is closed.
The red, four-door Pontiac Grand Prix was pulled from the river after a patrol officer driving in the 4500 block of River Drive spotted the tail lights about 3 a.m.
Water rescue efforts were launched by 3:37 a.m. but temporarily halted because of high waves and wind, police said at the time.
Big River Rescue/Recovery Dive Team divers pulled out the vehicle, and Ms. Manche was found inside.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.