WTVM 9 reports that a rural, fatal car accident in Sumter County solved the case of a missing woman in a tragic fashion.
Around 6:30 pm on Monday, a passing driver noticed a strange reflection in the trees to the side of Highway 27 East near mile marker 19 and called it in Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Sumter Family Fire Rescue were both summoned to the scene, where they found a wrecked gold-colored Jeep Cherokee over 100 yards off the roadway. In the vehicle, they found the corpse of a 30-year-old woman who had been reported missing over a month ago, on July 6. The Georgia State Patrol was called in to conduct a more detailed investigation.
The best efforts of investigators determined that the victim was headed east on Highway 27 when she left the roadway for unknown reasons and impacted a tree, dying of her injuries. Spokespeople for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office noted that there was no reason to believe she was impaired at the time of the crash. They also noted that the area where the Jeep was found was searched by plane and by ground-based searchers during search efforts after she was reported missing, and offered no explanation for why the vehicle was not found at that time.
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