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UPDATE: THP identifies body found found in Watauga Lake

April 2nd, 2014 5:20 pm by John Thompson

UPDATE: THP identifies body found found in Watauga Lake

BUTLER — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the woman whose body was found in Watauga Lake on Monday.

Sgt. Bill Miller, public information officer for the agency, said the woman was Juanita G. Ramsey, 81, Chuckey.

The incident was investigated by Trooper Robert Wills who reported Ramsey was driving a 2008 Chrsyler south on Tenn. Highway 167 when she failed to stop at a stop sign at the Lakeview Drive intersection. The car slid through a gravel parking lot and went down a 60-foot embankment before making contact with the lake. Wills said she traveled another 75 feet into the lake. He said the car was submerged in 11 feet of water.

Wills said there appeared to be no alcohol or drugs involved but tests were requested. He said Ramsey was wearing a safety belt.

There were no other people injured or killed in the incident. Wills said the posted speed limit at the intersection is 35 mph.

An additional report on the incident would be coming later.

Reported earlier:

BUTLER — An investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol has been triggered by the discovery of a submerged car in Watauga Lake on Monday.

Sgt. Bill Miller, public information officer for the Highway Patrol said Tuesday that the agency is investigating the case, but he said no information could be released "until we make family notification and the coroner's office has completed the autopsy."

Miller said he is hoping to have a preliminary report on the incident "very soon."

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