Police in Spanish Fork, Utah, were shocked when they heard a voice crying for help as they arrived at a crash scene on Saturday. The overturned car had reportedly been in the river for hours before the police arrived.
"We've gotten together and just talkin' about it, and all four of us can swear that we heard somebody inside the car saying, 'Help,'" officer Jared Warner told the Deseret News.
Warner and the other responding officers proceeded to flip the car over, desperately trying to save whomever was trapped inside the car. When they turned the car over, they found a deceased young woman and her 18-month-old daughter, who was remarkably still alive. Lily Groesbeck was strapped in her car seat, and had reportedly been there for at least 14 hours since a local fisherman first spotted the car and called police. It was later determined that Lily's mother, Lynn Jennifer – or Jenny, as she was known – died around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night after her car hit a cement barrier on a bridge and went off the road and into the Spanish Fork river.
Lily, according to reports, had "narrowly" avoided the freezing cold river water from where she was sitting. It was so cold that some rescue workers had to be treated for hypothermia. The infant was flown to a children's hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.
"She’s doing remarkably well considering what she went through," Lily's aunt, Jill Sanderson, told KSL. "The doctors so far have been hopeful, they haven’t been able to give us a lot of information, the next 48 to 72 hours will be very critical in determining the outcome.”
Sanderson said her sister was a caring person who loved helping others, and was aspiring to become a medical assistant.
"She was very compassionate and a very loving person and always willing to bend over backwards for her loved ones," she said. "Her baby was the love of her life. She was an amazing mother."
As baby Lily recovers, officers are still trying to make sense out of what happened and attempting to understand how they could've heard a voice coming from inside the car.
"To me it was plain as day because I remember hearing a voice," Officer Tyler Beddoes said, according to RawStory.com. "I think it was [Officer Bryan] DeWitt who said, ‘We’re trying. We’re trying our best to get in there.’ How do you explain that? I don’t know."