LAKE SHORE - A Baxter woman was found dead in a submerged car Tuesday at the Causeway on Gull boat landing, Cass County authorities said Wednesday.
According to Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher, the victim and vehicle owner was identified as Mary Ann Overocker, 59. Fisher said the preliminary autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office indicated the cause of death was freshwater drowning.
"It appears to be an accident," Fisher said, though other manners of death haven't been ruled out by investigators.
Authorities reported Overocker had attended an event in the Lake Shore area Saturday night, and family and friends had not seen her since then.
Her body was recovered from her vehicle Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle was found submerged in about six feet of water at the boat landing. Her vehicle appeared to have been driven into the water at the boat landing, authorities said.
Fisher said Wednesday it wasn't known how or exactly when Overocker's car ended up in Gull Lake. He noted it was foggy and dark Saturday and that might have been a factor.
Fisher said an employee from Pierz Marine discovered the submerged car at the boat landing Tuesday afternoon and alerted authorities. Fisher said Overocker's daughter contacted the Cass County Sheriff's Department soon after hearing about the submerged car to report her mother had not been seen or heard from since Saturday night in that area. She told authorities that her mother lived alone.
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