Woman’s body found in overturned vehicle in southern Illinois

A woman’s body was found in an overturned vehicle Thursday morning in Franklin County, Illinois. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says it received a call at 9:23 a.m. reporting a car on its top in a deep ditch. The deputy who responded discovered the woman  inside, and a deputy coroner pronounced her dead at the scene. The woman was identified as Johnston City, Illinois, resident Carol A. Grant, 58. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning at the Franklin Hospital Morgue in Benton to find the cause of death.

The sheriff’s department says the vehicle seems to have left the roadway at a slow speed, and the steep decline caused it to flip over. Wednesday night’s severe weather may have caused the single-car wreck. There was between a foot and a foot and a half of water in the ditch where the car was found. 

Family members told police they last spoke with Grant around mid-afternoon on Wednesday, when she told them she was going to an area grocery store. 

The Franklin County Sheriff Department and Franklin County Coroner’s office are investigating the wreck. 

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