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New details released after woman's body found in creek

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UPDATE: MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 AT 6:01 P.M.

UNION COUNTY (WSIL) -- The Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel released more details about the recovery of a Union County woman from a flooded creek. 

Monday morning, crews found the woman's body in a brushy area about seven tenths of a mile downstream from where the car entered the water. 

"She was lodged up in some brush, in the creek bed, or near the creek bed," said Harvel. 

Sheriff Harvel says nearly 30 first responders desperately searched the creek Sunday evening, looking for the 59-year-old woman. 

Harvel explained that the driver attempted to cross a concrete connector in the Trail of Tears State Forest, but the car was swept away. 

"They had actually climbed out of the vehicle onto the trunk area of the car and fell off," said Harvel. 

The driver was able to swim to safety but the woman was not. 
Sheriff Harvel said this fatality serves as a sad reminder to never drive through floodwaters.

"It's very important that people do not try to drive in those conditions. Turn around, wait, wait till the water recedes or find a different route," said Harvel. 

Harvel says drivers should always use extra caution, especially in low lying areas. 

UPDATED 11:00 a.m. MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

The Union County Sheriff's Office says a swift water rescue team from northern Illinois helped locate the body of a missing 59-year-old woman. 

Crews had been searching since Sunday evening. 

The woman's body was found around 7:15 a.m. Monday approximately one-quarter mile west of where a car was pulled from the water. 

The swift water rescue team is currently stationed in southern Illinois to assist as needed during flooding. 


UNION CO. (WSIL) -- The Union County Coroner confirms a woman's body was found Monday.

The deputy coroner is now headed to the scene. 

A car was stuck in water near State Forest Road Sunday. Heavy rains fell across the region causing several accidents.

Nobody was found in that vehicle Sunday night. 

Stay with News 3 for updates.

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