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Drain retention pond: 87-year-old woman missing? Pond yields car, prompts search

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Officials will drain a retention pond to search for an 87-year-old woman in Dayton, Ohio, after her car was found sunken in the pond late this Saturday night. The recent discovery has prompted a rushed search for the missing female. Police believe that the woman’s body will be found at the bottom of the retention pond because all evidence points to this possibility, NewsOxy reveals this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

The drain retention pond story begins with a press release statement from a Kettering Police lieutenant, who states that the 87-year-old woman will likely be found deep in the water. The circumstances surrounding her death, however, are not known at this time, though foul play is not thought to be a factor.

“These are retention ponds for this whole business area. Water drains from the upper to the lower, from this one here, it drains out into the creek. All the indications of what believe is if she’s in the water, she would be in this pond. We don’t really have any reason to believe she would’ve left the pond through the drainage. Everything indicates that she’ll be in this pond,” says Lt. Craig Moore of Kettering Police

The missing 87-year-old’s identity has been revealed as Margaret Spilker of Ohio. She was last known to be alive this Saturday afternoon while on her way to the local grocery store.

While a dive team searched for Spilker’s remains this Sunday, they were unsuccessful in finding her. Their first dives were centered around the spot where her submerged car had been found in the large retention pond. Officers were sent to the soon-to-be-drained site near Hempstead Station Road after a public witness said that the vehicle was partially sunken in the water.

“Margaret Spilker is described in the missing persons report as a white female, 5-foot-7-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and with short brown hair … As for the drain retention pond job, local officials say the water level is going down about 18 inches an hour. It was initially about 7 to 10 feet deep. They started the process this Sunday evening.

Again, foul play is not suspected, though it is believed that Spilker died in the car accident. However, until a body is found, it is possible she may have escaped, as the back door of the vehicle was found open.

Police hope to yield more conclusive results after the retention pond is fully drained, which is expected before Christmas Day.

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