Thursday, May 25, 2017

College Student Found In River Had Coke And Booze In Her System

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, have determined that a 20-year-old college student who was found dead in a river in her submerged car in March accidentally died of hypothermia and drowning — but that alcohol and drugs played a role in her death.

Toni Anderson‘s body was found on March 10 after her vehicle was pulled from the Missouri River with her still inside. She had vanished on Jan. 15 after she left work at the Chrome club in Kansas City, just after 4 a.m.

She was on her way to meet up with a friend, but police say she never made it.

Before she disappeared on Jan. 15, Anderson was pulled over by an officer in North Kansas City, Missouri — a separate jurisdiction from Kansas City — around 4:30 a.m. after an illegal lane change. She was let go with a warning and soon stopped for gas, police said.

In footage of the stop uploaded to YouTube, an officer questions Anderson and tells her to briefly sit in a nearby parking lot to “gather” herself after she gave confusing answers.

At 4:42 a.m. that morning, Anderson texted a friend, “OMG just got pulled over again” — but police said she was likely referring to the stop minutes earlier.

Anderson’s mother, Liz Anderson, declined to comment after her daughter’s cause of death was released.

But she previously said that police believed Toni’s car may have slid off a slick ramp into the river after her GPS system directed her the wrong way as she was turning around.

“If you look at the boat ramp she drove off of, it looks like a regular road — especially at night, when it’s dark,” Liz said. “The police believe the ramp was icy and that she may have tried to stop, but the car went into the water.”

Toni studied marketing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and, in her spare time, reviewed music festivals, her family said.

Her mother has described her as “a beautiful, smart, intelligent, hard-working, kind and loving person.”

“I am relieved that it was nothing more than a tragic accident,” Liz said.

“It is horrible,” she said. “But they finally found her, and now we have a bit of closure.”


dianavonthirstybird said...

This is just incredibly sad. She had so much to offer the world. Prayers go out to her friends and family and the Police Officer who probably blames himself.

RenShaw said...

It's Monday morning quarterbacking, but what did those two cops suspect when they pulled her over. I wonder if things could have been different had the first cop given her a field sobriety test. Why ruin a college kid, right. I hate to say it but it's how I see it. RIP.

texasrose said...

Please don't tell me the next story will be about her family suing the local police.

Hortensia said...

We got all kinds of college students going into the river, up and down, about 100 miles. Drinking, drugs, sometimes something mysterious. Colleges need to educate young people, because, obviously, there's something missing in judgement with young college students.

HRH2 said...

Since when do drug-addicted strippers have so much to offer to the world??


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