Police release name of woman who died in car plunging into Quail Creek Reservoir

Washington County Search and Rescue crews work through the night to retrieve a car and body discovered in Quail Creek Reservoir, Washington County, Utah, May 19, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

HURRICANE – Hurricane City Police Department has identified the woman whose body was found in her car at the bottom of Quail Creek Reservoir Monday night as Sherry L. Cowger, 58, of Hurricane.

Washington County Search and Rescue crews work through the night to retrieve a car and body discovered in Quail Creek Reservoir, Washington County, Utah, May 19, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Washington County Search and Rescue crews work through the night to retrieve a car and body discovered in Quail Creek Reservoir, Washington County, Utah, May 19, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

In a press release issued just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, the department said its thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time as they mourn their loss.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Monday, a Brigham Young University geology group in the area of Quail Creek Reservoir reported hearing a loud crash around 5:45 p.m. while they were on the other side of the reservoir. As the group made their way around the reservoir, they said they discovered broken glass and a hub cap, and decided to call police. A response involving several agencies and the Washington County Sheriff’s search and rescue dive team ensued.

At around 11:15 p.m. Monday, the Sheriff’s search and rescue dive team located a red compact Ford passenger car about 150 feet offshore, upside down, in about 30 feet of water. By 11:40 p.m. the team discovered a woman’s body in the car.

“From the investigation we have not been able to determine why the vehicle she was operating left the roadway,” Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said in his press release Tuesday. “It was found that she was traveling South on 5300 West (SR 318) and left the roadway to the left and went off the embankment and rolled down the hill, landing in the water.”

Buell said Cowger was driving a 2004 red Ford Focus.

Cowger’s body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.


Read more: To search and serve: Diver describes Quail Creek body recovery mission – video interviews, photos included


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