Originally Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 10:18 am
Last Updated: Dec. 12, 2012, 8:37 am

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

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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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Moline emergency crews pull a red Pontiac Grand Prix from the Mississippi River in the 4500 block of River Drive in Moline early on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Leah F. Manche, 28, of East Moline was found inside the submerged automobile. The car was discovered about 3:30 a.m. Monday, after a patrol officer saw tail lights on the surface of the river. The accident remains under investigation.

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.