The drought in Oregon has caused water levels to drop, and in the case of one affected pond it helped solve an eight-year-old missing persons case.
The remains of Linda Lee Perry, 59, of Junction City, Oregon, who had been reported as missing in Nov. 2007, have been found near her submerged car in Lane County pond, KPTV reports.
Lane County pond is at its lowest level in years because of drought conditions.
A witness saw the car partially sticking out of the pond and alerted the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. After inspection, authorities found the car had been in the water for an extended period of time.
The car was removed from the pond and its records located, which linked it to Perry. Over a period of two days, divers recovered her remains in the pond.
The Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office officially identified the remains as belonging to Perry.
Foul play is not suspected in her death.
“We believe she was heading west, heading home from Springfield,” Sheriff’s Detective Carl Wilkerson told The Register-Guard.
The pond is ringed completely by guardrail and there is no record of unaccounted damage to the rail between 2007 and 2010. Regardless, police believe it was a car crash that caused Perry’s death.
“I don’t know how many people drove by this poor lady, but it had to be in the thousands,” Wilkerson said. “I know (her) family was happy to have some closure, but I’m sure sad at the same time.”