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Body pulled from river near Rock River Estates

Discovery after woman was reported missing

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

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.

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