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Body of Missing Illinois Woman Tanya Shannon Believed Found

Police in Illinois believe they have found the body of a woman who appeared to walk away from a late-night car crash that killed her husband.

Dale Shannon was driving his car with his wife Tanya in the passenger seat on December 5 when he lost control on a snowy road and slammed into a pole. He was killed instantly. However, when a routine police patrol stumbled onto the scene the following morning, Tanya was not there. Instead, police found footprints in the snow leading away from the car, then disappearing.

A search for Tanya, 40, was conducted, but the severe winter weather made it impossible to find her. The search was suspended after just two days.

But on Monday morning a television news helicopter spotted a body in a soybean field about away from the crash site. The footage showed a body wearing red clothing. Tanya wore a red dress to the party from which the couple was returning.

Although police have not done tests to confirm that it is indeed Tanya, LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said investigators are "well convinced" it is.

Templeton has said no foul play was involved, that Tanya likely left the scene to find help.

Incidentally, toxicology tests showed that Dale Shannon's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, according to a report from WGN-TV.

The couple had been married for 20 years. They leave behind four daughters.


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