Fair
59°FFairFull Forecast

Body pulled from river near Rock River Estates

Discovery after woman was reported missing

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:23 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:54 p.m. CST

DIXON – A woman's body was pulled from the Rock River near Rock River Estates after calls reported a missing person and the discovery of a submerged car on Tuesday.

The woman, identified as Melva M. Meridith, 56, of Dixon, was last seen driving away from her home in Rock River Estates about 9 a.m. Tuesday in her 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, according to a news release from the Lee County Sheriff's Department.

The call reporting her missing was placed just before 5:30 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies received a report of a car in the river near the boat lunch at Rock River Estates, a mobile home park along state Route 2 between Dixon and Sterling. Upon arriving, deputies were able to confirm no one was inside the car. They continued to search the river for its driver.

They then found Meridith's body.

Get breaking news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from Sauk Valley Media!

National video



Reader Poll

There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
Good idea
Bad idea
Not sure
No opinion