Woman found in car in river


A woman was found in a car submerged in the Cedar River near Nichols.

MUSCOM received a 911 call on Thursday around 2 p.m. regarding a vehicle under the water with one person inside on the west side of the Cedar River Bridge off of Iowa Route 22.

One woman was removed from the vehicle and transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she was pronounced dead. 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Traci Lynn Avis, 47, of Muscatine. The cause of death will be determined by autopsy.

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Muscatine Police Department, West Liberty Ambulance, West Liberty Fire Department, Nichols First Responders and Nichols Fire Department.

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