- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office says 19-year-old Hayley Howard’s official cause of death is drowning and that no foul play is suspected.

The University of New Orleans student’s body was found Wednesday in a car that was pulled from water near Interstate 10 and Irish Bayou. Police say Howard must have missed a guard rail, the tree line and the exit sign before hitting water.

WWL-TV reports (https://bit.ly/NYVcc4 ) Howard was last seen Saturday morning, when police say a group of Good Samaritans helped her fix a flat tire near UNO before she started driving east to Slidell.

The coroner’s office says toxicology tests will take two to three weeks to be completed.

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Information from: WWL-TV, https://wwltv.com

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