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Body of woman found in submerged car

UPDATED 10:15 a.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019

FISK, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a woman whose body was found in a submerged car in southeast Missouri had been reported missing more than four months ago.

The Daily American Republic reports that the Stoddard County coroner has identified the woman as 39-year-old Crystal Marie Brown-Hart, of Dexter.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Clark Parrott told television station KAIT that a fisherman came across a submerged vehicle while boating Monday night on the St. Francis River. The fisherman took a picture of the license plate and reported it to police. A dive team recovered the vehicle Tuesday near the town of Fisk.

Parrot says it appears that the car had been in a crash.

After Brown-Hart went missing in April, the patrol used a helicopter and divers to search for her.


BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. (WSIL) — The Butler County Sheriff’s Department  is trying to determine if the body they found in a submerged car is that of a woman reported missing in April.

Sgt. Clark Parott tells News 3 the Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive team recovered the woman’s body Tuesday afternoon, after receiving a call about a car in the St. Francis River.

The woman’s body was inside that submerged car. Parott says the license plate on that car matches one on a vehicle reported missing in April. Parott also says, based on damage to the vehicle, he believes the car may have been in a crash.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 to identify the woman. 

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