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Woman found dead in storm-swept car in Riverside County [updated]

December 23, 2010 |  9:35 am

A Menifee woman was found dead in her car Wednesday afternoon after her vehicle had been swept away in storm waters in Riverside County, authorities said.

The body of Angela Marie Wright, 39, was discovered by sheriff's deputies in her car around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Goetz and Railroad Canyon roads, near the Canyon Lake area, said dispatcher Marissa Gurganious of the Sheriff’s Department.

The deputies were responding to a call received from the Riverside County Fire Department which reported seeing a car drive into the floodwaters at that intersection, Gurganious said.

The Riverside County coroner’s office is still investigating the cause of death.

[Updated 10:10 a.m.: Deputies who responded to the scene discovered that the victim's car had driven off Goetz Road and overturned into Canyon Lake, said spokeswoman Melissa Nieburg of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Rescue divers were called out and found the vehicle submerged in the lake with the body inside, she said.

Investigators “have not determined the cause of the accident,” she said.]


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