Woman Found, Identified in Wapsipinicon River Near Anamosa
By Chris Earl and Sam Lane, Reporters
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ANAMOSA, Iowa –The body of a woman was recovered from the Wapsipinicon River last night more than a mile downstream from where her car was found overturned in the water.
Two anglers fishing in Wapsipinicon State Park found the overturned car and alerted officials just before 1:30 p.m. Friday. The car was in 4 to 5 feet of water with one door open when authorities arrived.
Officials then began looking for the woman — a married mother of one and an elementary guidance councilor for the Anamosa Community School District, officials said — and found her body about 6 p.m.
Superintendent of the Anamosa Community School District, Brian Ney, identified the woman as Nicole Cox, in a web post to the district's site late Friday night.
"Our sympathy is extended to Nicole’s family, friends, colleagues and Strawberry Hill community, he said in an online post. " We know Nicole has touched many lives in her work as guidance counselor and she will be sorely missed."
Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver said the woman’s husband, co-workers, and friends were on the scene of the crash. They wept and hugged as officials continued to update them on the situation.
Authorities pulled Cox's car from the river about three hours after they found her body. Weeds dangled from a wheel well and the front windshield had folded back completely.
More than a dozen emergency vehicles dotted the scene, surrounding the area of the river in which the car sat.
Graver said officers from the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were present, attempting to determine how the woman’s car ended up overturned in the water.
Graver also said an autopsy will be performed, but he did not suspect any foul play.
Anamosa school district officials said grief counselors will be on hand at West Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for those impacted by the woman’s death.
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