Officials ID 3 bodies in car pulled from Missouri River

October 23, 2017

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Sioux City have released the name of three people who died when a car they were in plunged into the Missouri River.

Sioux City police say in a news release Monday that those found in the car were 53-year-old Salomon Medina-Zavala, 43-year-old Angelica Gonzalez-Gonzalez and 16-year-old Vanessa Medina-Gonzalez.

The car entered the river Oct. 15 in Sioux City and was hoisted out Saturday.

An autopsy by the Iowa State Medical Examiner determined all three occupants died of drowning.

Dangerous water conditions had hampered the search for the car. On Saturday, a diver battling a current in 20 feet of water found the car several hundred feet downstream from where it had gone in. The diver hooked the car to a winch so it could be brought to shore.

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