Police found a 28-year-old East Moline woman dead in a car submerged in the Mississippi River this morning, Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said.

Gustafson believes the woman, whose name has not yet been released, lost control in the 4500 block of River Drive, Moline, and went in the river.

“I think she lost control and went in,” Gustafson said. “Moline police and I continue to investigate this aggressively.”

A Moline police officer on patrol spotted a red, four-door Pontiac Grand Prix submerged in the river shortly after 3 a.m., Moline Police Detective Scott Williams said. It is unknown at this time exactly when the car went in.

The Moline Fire Department responded and was able to mark the vehicle for rescue divers.

Volunteer members of the Big River Rescue/Recovery Dive Team responded. With the assistance of the Moline Police and Fire Departments, along with Quad-City Towing, the vehicle was pulled from the river.

Gustafson declared the woman, the only occupant of the car, dead at the scene.

The neighbors in the 4500 block of River Drive assisted with providing a warm area for the divers as they rotated from the vehicle, Williams said. Their assistance and willingness to help the rescue teams was greatly appreciated by the responding rescuers, he said.

Moline Police Traffic Investigators continue to reconstruct the crash in their search for a cause.

Anyone who has information that may assist investigators is asked to call the Traffic Division of the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2214.


Body found inside vehicle pulled from Mississippi River

Rick Rector

EARLIER REPORT: A submerged vehicle was pulled from the Mississippi River this morning.

The car went into the river near 41st Street and River Drive in Moline.

The body of one occupant was found inside, police said. The female was declared dead at the scene by Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.

A police officer passing by saw the vehicle’s tail lights in the river at  3:15  a.m.

The vehicle was pulled from the river around 8:30 a.m.

Traffic was diverted from the area while crews pulled the vehicle from the river.

Moline police traffic investigators continue to reconstruct the crash in their search for a cause.

If anyone has information they believe would assist investigators they are asked to call the Traffic Division of the Moline Police Department (309) 524-2214.

Neighbors in the 4500 block of River Drive assisted with providing a warm area for the divers as they rotated from the vehicle.  


Vehicle in river in Moline

EARLIER REPORT: There are reports out of Moline this morning of a vehicle submerged in the Mississippi River at 41st Street and River Drive.

It is unknown if anyone was inside.

Commuters could face delays during their morning commute as crews work to pull the vehicle from the river, so you might want to take an alternate route.