PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A woman’s body found in the back of her SUV is believed to be Philadelphia’s first flood-related fatality.
The tow truck operators called to haul away the silver SUV had no clue.
Neither did the Eyewitness News viewer who shot cell phone video of the flooded intersection. The video shows the same SUV in the background.
What they did not know at the time is that inside the SUV was the body of a 27-year-old woman identified by friends as Deanna Compton.
Authorities say her father, who is a Philadelphia police officer, reported Deanna missing Thursday night. He told police he last heard from his daughter when she called to say she was stuck in flash flood waters at Haines & Musgrave streets in Germantown. That was around 2:30 Thursday morning.
According to sources, Deanna’s father called the towing company and continued to search for his daughter. When detectives got involved, they began their investigation at the towing company to examine the car.
It was then police found Deanna’s body lodged down in the back of the SUV.
Shocked friends turned to Facebook to express their grief and to send their condolences to a family also in mourning after such a sudden and shocking loss.
The family asked to mourn in private.
Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3