- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - An autopsy has determined that drowning was the cause of death for a southeast Missouri woman whose body was found in the backseat of a car submerged in the Mississippi River.

The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/1mkviKj ) reports that Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton announced autopsy results on Sunday for 62-year-old Autumn D. Vinson of Jackson. Cape Girardeau police said Friday that her body was found inside a Pontiac Bonneville in 5-6 feet of water.

What led the vehicle to go into the water remains under investigation. Authorities have also not determined how long the car was in the river.

A passer-by spotted the antenna and roof of the vehicle Friday morning and contacted police.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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