UNION COUNTY, IL — The Union County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a woman who died after she and the car she was traveling in were swept away in flash flooding on Sunday.
The woman and a man were traveling in a car on State Forest Road on Sunday in the Trail of Tears State Forest Park in Union County when the vehicle was swept away by strong currents from flash flooding from a creek. Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel told Local 6 the two were able to get out of the car, but they became separated in the swift current. The man was able to make it out of the water, but the woman was not. Monday, the water receded enough for authorities to recover the woman’s body and the car.
Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release that 59-year-old Judith L. Easterly of Anna, Illinois, is the woman whose body was recovered Monday morning. She was found around 7:10 a.m., less than a mile west of the place where her car entered the water.
The sheriff’s office has not yet released the name of the man who survived the incident. In an email to Local 6, Harvel said the man was driving the car. The sheriff said “I will not release the name of the driver until the sheriff’s office has completed the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ms. Easterly’s death.”