MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - A woman whose vehicle was found submerged in a creek Thursday afternoon has been found dead, authorities said Friday.
The body of Pamela Pittner, 57, was found about two miles from where crews found her vehicle on Murphy Hill Road Thursday afternoon, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
Pittner had last been seen around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Deputies say it appears Pittner's car left the roadway on an embankment near a bridge and entered the creek. They also say the heavy rain on Wednesday night could have been a factor.
The creek her car was found in had higher and faster water than normal Wednesday night because of recent heavy rain, rescue crews said.
Deputies say this tragic story could have ended differently if it weren't for the heavy rain.
The Huntsville Madison county rescue squad searched the creek, while law enforcement used a helicopter and drones to locate Pittner.
At this point no foul play is suspected, but it is an ongoing investigation until the autopsy comes back from the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.