Police ID woman found in submerged car at Quail Creek Reservoir

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HURRICANE — Dive teams recovered the body of a Hurricane woman Tuesday who is believed to have gone off the road and down a 100-foot embankment before crashing into Quail Lake.

The body of Sherry L. Cowger, 58, was recovered early Tuesday. Hurricane police she was traveling on state Route 318, went off the road to the left for an unknown reason and rolled 80 to 100 feet down the embankment.

A group of students on the other side of the lake heard what sounded like a crash and then a splash about 5:45 p.m. Monday, said Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell. The students hiked back to their campsite, got their car and drove around to the other side of the lake where they discovered vehicle parts in the lake. They called police about 8:20 p.m., Buell said.

Officers initially could not find anything but could see evidence of a crash. A dive team was called and the vehicle was discovered in about 30 feet of water about 11:30 p.m.

Cowger reportedly lived close to the crash site. Her body was taken to the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office to determine a cause of death.


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