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 Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.