An Arizona woman was found dead in her car in flood waters in Vandalia early Thursday morning. Vandalia Police reports indicate they took a report of a missing person on Wednesday evening for 28 year old Amanda Bitter of Kaibeto, Arizona. The report states she did not return to her hotel room after going out on April 3rd. And, she was last seen going north bound on Kennedy Boulevard at Gallatin Street at 12:12 am. At 1:30 am, Vandalia Police Officers located skid marks in the grass in the 500 block of North Kennedy Boulevard. And, Police says the skid marks went toward a ravine with deep flood waters. A Vandalia Police Office, who is a member of the Fayette County EMA Dive Team and also two other member of the dive team searched the water for a vehicle. And, at 4:12 am the dive team located a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in the water. And, Amanda Bitter was found in the vehicle deceased.
The Vandalia Police Department says they were assisted by the Illinois State Police, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County EMA Dive Team, Fayette County Ambulance, Rural Med Ambulance, the Fayette County Coroner and McDowell’s Service.