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Kansas woman found dead in car after floodwaters recede

October 12, 2018

PAOLA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas woman who was reported missing has been found dead in her car after floodwaters receded.

The Miami County Sheriff’s office says deputies found the body 78-year-old Hazel Phillips Friday inside her car near Osawatomie.

The sheriff’s office said her car was in an area that flooded after heavy rains this week but the waters receded enough Friday to expose the car’s roof.

Her cause of death is still under investigation.

Investigators say Phillips told her family Tuesday evening that she planned to drive to Drexel, Missouri, Wednesday. A Silver Alert was issued after she didn’t reach her destination.

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