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Oregon State Police Recovers Car and Woman's Body from River

Oregon State Police said a woman crashed into the Rogue River Thursday night. OSP said Troopers did not get any reports of a crash until Friday evening.

Posted: Jan. 27, 2018 8:22 PM
Updated: Jan. 27, 2018 8:27 PM

NEAR ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- Oregon State Police said a woman crashed into the Rogue River Thursday night. OSP said Troopers did not get any reports of a crash until Friday evening. 

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OSP with the help of Jackson County Search and Rescue, Star Towing and ODOT spent Saturday morning trying to pull this car, and a deceased woman, out of the Rogue River. OSP Sergeant Stephanie Bigman said Friday afternoon, OSP got a report that someone hit a mailbox so a trooper went to investigate a hit and run.

“When he arrived on scene, he noticed that there was vehicle tracks leading into the river. We immediately began searching for the vehicle. Jackson County Search and Rescue provided a boat and they located the vehicle about a quarter mile from the crash scene in the river," Sgt. Bigman said.

The driver was Melinda Fluck Sgt. Bigman said Fluck was driving on Rogue River Highway 99, lost control, slid off the roadway and into the river.

“10 inches in either direction and she probably would have hit a tree that would have stopped her," Sgt. Bigman said. She added Fluck crashed about a mile and half from where she lived.

This is an on-going investigation. Right now, OSP is investigating what caused the driver to veer-off into the river Thursday night.

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