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Autopsy suggests woman drowned after crash

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UPDATE 8/21/19 AT 8:29 P.M.

According to the Daily American Republic, an autopsy performed Wednesday afternoon found that a Dexter woman’s injuries were consistent with a traffic crash and probable drowning.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/21/19 AT 10:20 A.M.

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.

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