Young woman found dead in vehicle in Skagit River

Young woman found dead in vehicle in Skagit River

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A young woman was found dead in a vehicle Saturday morning after police said they had received a 911 call Friday night from a woman who said she had driven a car into the Skagit River at the Edgewater boat ramp.

The missing vehicle was found at about 11:30 a.m., 300 yards down river from the boat launch after rescuers performed an extensive search both days.

It was Friday night at about 9:46 p.m. when first responders received the call and police confirmed that a vehicle was in the river when they arrived at the scene.

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Three boats, two hovercraft and other tools were used in the search for the female. Due to the hazardous conditions posed by the river and darkness, rescuers suspended the search at 1 a.m. Friday.

On Saturday morning, first responders continued the search and found the missing vehicle with a juvenile, from Mount Vernon, dead inside. Authorities said they believe she was the original 911 caller.

Although, the young woman’s body was recovered, the vehicle could not be recovered due to the extreme river currents.

Authorities said the vehicle will remain in the river until it can be safely removed.

Police said they do not suspect foul play in the juvenile’s death.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office and authorities will determine the cause and manner of death and confirm the young woman’s identity.

The investigation remains ongoing.