LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - LaGrange detectives say they have pieced together the unlikely series of events leading to 91-year-old Jane Daniel's death after her car was found partially submerged in West Point Lake, her body nearby.
According to police, the elderly woman's caretaker reported her missing after not seeing or hearing from her for several hours. Officials say during that time, Daniel was actually traveling down Country Club Road in LaGrange and ended up driving on the other side of the guard rail.
Investigators say Daniel somehow traveled the length of a football field, her car wedged between the guardrail and the wood line and narrowly avoiding telephone poles and cable wires on the way. They think it's when she tried to get her car back on the road that it ended up in the waters of West Point Lake.
"And it appears that she had tried to turn the car around and accidentally backed off into the lake and became trapped. She couldn't get the car out of the lake from where she was and it appears she tried to exit the vehicle at which time she fell into the lake and subsequently drowned, accidentally drowned. The way that it occurred, it's an absolute tragic accident," said Sergeant Mark Cavender of the LaGrange Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division.
Cavender says a boater spotted the car in the water and called police.