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Missing Miami County woman found dead inside car after floodwaters recede

Posted: 10:37 AM, Oct 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-12 15:37:37Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A missing Miami County woman was found dead Friday inside her vehicle, which became submerged in floodwaters earlier this week, officials said. 

Hazel Phillips, 78, of Paola, told her family on Tuesday that she would be going to Drexel, Missouri, on Wednesday morning. She never made it to her destination, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said. 

On Friday, deputies went to Hospital Drive south of 327th Street in Paola in response to a vehicle in the water. The roof of a silver vehicle could be seen after floodwaters receded, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

The Osawatomie Fire Department removed the vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Phillips, from the water. Phillips was found dead with her vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.  

The cause of death is still under investigation.