Woman drowns in flood waters south of Independence



A woman was found dead early Monday morning, hours after the vehicle she was driving was swept off a county road south of Independence due to flash flooding.

Sheriff Robert Dierks said the body of the woman was found early Monday after flood waters started to receded in an area near county roads 3600 and 3900 near the former Stairs Market south of Independence.  The body was transported to Kansas City for a post-mortem examination. The name of the woman is not being released until notification of family members.


Dierks said law enforcement and other emergency crews were notified shortly after 10:15 p.m., Sunday of the woman whose car had hydroplaned on county road 3900. The vehicle went off the road and into a creek near a bridge.


The woman made contact by voice mail to a friend asking for help, Dierks said. That friend, in turn, called the sheriff’s department for further assistance. Law enforcement personnel searched the roadways near county road 3900 throughout the night and into the early morning hours but could not locate the vehicle due to the flash flooding that was occurring in Montgomery County. Only after waters began to receded early Monday did law enforcement find the vehicle; the body of the woman was about one-quarter mile away from the vehicle, he said.


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