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UPDATE: Elderly Woman's Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

KETTERING -- The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has ruled on the cause of Margaret Spilker's death.

The 87-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday morning, Dec. 24, after her car became submerged in a retention pond Saturday night on Hempstead Station Road.

The Coroner's Office ruled her cause of death "Drowning; Due to Motor Vehicle Accident." The Coroner's Office also ruled her death accidental.



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Missing 87-Year-Old's Body Found

UPDATE: KETTERING--Tuesday morning just before 9 am,  Kettering Police detectives  found the body of  Margaret Spilker, 87.

Her body was  in a creek in the 4500  block of Timberwilde Drive.

Her body was found about 2 miles  from where her car was  found  in a retention pond  on Hempstead Station Road

Crews had been searching for Spilker since Saturday night,  when they found her car submerged in water.
 
Police  believe  Spilker  was able  to get out of her submerged car and her body then traveled through a drainage pipe into the creek.
    
"With the heavy rain, the saturation with the snow melted, that swept her body into the drainage system." Kettering Police Public Information Officer Ron Roberts said.
 
Police still don't know what caused  Spilker  to lose control of her  car and how she ended up in the water.     

"We're not sure. And we may never know." Roberts said.

As sad as today's outcome is, Police are glad they can give her  family some answers.   

"It was tragic what happened." Roberts said.  "We just give our condolences to the family, and are glad to get them some closure."



Earlier coverage:  

KETTERING -- Police have located the body of the missing 87-year-old woman.

On Saturday, Margaret Spilker left her home.  She was reported missing by her family when she never made it to her destination.  Crews located her car submerged in a pond near Hempstead Station Road on Saturday night.

On Monday, officials drained the pond but were unable to locate Spilker.

The search resumed Tuesday morning in the nearby area.  Officials believe she was swept downstream.  Spilker's body was found about two miles from the pond along Timberwilde Drive.



Earlier coverage:

KETTERING -- The search continues for a missing 87-year-old woman. 

Margaret Spilker was reported missing Saturday afternoon.  While searching for her, officials found her car submerged in a pond off Hempstead Station Road. 

The pond was drained Monday, but Spilker has not yet been found.

Crews will search the area near the pond until it gets dark.  If Spilker isn't located, the search will begin again Tuesday morning.



Earlier...

KETTERING -- Divers continue to search the pond for the 87 year old who went missing Saturday.

Investigators decided to drain the pond after dive team search efforts Saturday night and all day Sunday came up short. Police say the search has been difficult due to deep waters and debris.

Margaret Spilker, 87, was reported missing by her family around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when she left her home and never made it to her destination.

During the search, Police found Spilker's car submerged in the pond off Hempstead Station around 10 p.m. Spilker wasn't inside her car when it was pulled out.

Police don't suspect foul play.

Crews were expected to continue draining the pond and searching throughout the night Sunday.

Police are still treating this as a missing persons case at this point and are asking for your help. If you know anything about Spilker's whereabouts please call police.



KETTERING -- The search continues for a missing woman after Police find her car in a pond along Hempstead Station.

The family of 87-year old Margaret Spilker called Kettering Police after she went missing Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say Spilker was last seen at 2 p.m. in her car headed to the Kroger on E. Stroop Road. She never made it to her destination.

During the search, officers found her silver car submerged in a pond along Hempsted Station just before 10 p.m.

A dive team was immediately sent to retrieve the car, but Spilker was not inside.

Investigators say foul play is not suspected at this time, but they will treat the case as a criminal investigation until more evidence is found.

Dive crews are expected to search the pound for Spilker's body.

If you see Margaret Spilker, please call the Kettering Police Department at 937-296-2555.

 
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