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Bodies in Submerged Missouri Vehicle Bring Storm Toll to 9

( Epoch Times )


The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered on Friday, May 24, in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend.


John Reinhardt, 20, and Caitlin Frangel, 19, both of Hazelwood, Missouri, were reported missing May 15. Their bodies were found around 4 a.m. on a flooded rural road that runs along the river at Portage Des Sioux, about 40 miles north of St. Louis.


Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Dallas Thompson said an autopsy determined they both drowned.


“We believe they went into it in the dark, not knowing the roadway was flooded, and they were unable to get out,” Thompson said.


Heavy rain in recent weeks has spurred major flooding in several states. Flooding along the Arkansas River will threaten communities from Tulsa into western Arkansas through at least the holiday weekend, officials said Friday, as water released from an Oklahoma dam combines with additional rain in the forecast.


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