A body has been discovered inside a submerged car belonging to a Kansas woman who went missing after texting a friend to say she had been ‘pulled over’.
Police initially denied they had pulled 20-year-old Toni Anderson, from Wichita, over, however they then backtracked and admitted she had been stopped by a North Kansas City officer that night.
The woman’s 2014 Ford Focus was pulled out of the Missouri River on Friday close to her last known location based on data from her mobile phone.
“We just got the news – there’s a body in her car,” said her mother, Liz Anderson, told the Kansas City Star . “There is somebody inside.”
Although the car has been discovered, authorities have not yet formally identified the body.
Police say they have not suspected any foul play and the body will be taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine a cause of death. Authorities also have CCTV footage of the woman, but have chosen not to release it to the public.
Anderson was last seen in the early hours of January 15 at a QuikTrip gas station over on 9-Highway, in Kansas City.
The young college student had been driving to meet with friends after leaving her job at Chrome entertainment bar on 40-Highway around 4am.
Moments later, she disappeared, her car GPS failed and her cellphone ‘went dark’.
Text messages show Anderson had messaged her friend Roxanne Townsend at 4.42am saying: ‘Omg I just got pulled over again’. Townsend said her friend ‘got pulled over all the time’.
Anderson’s ATM card was used and her GPS system stopped working shortly after she arrived at the QuikTrip.
It’s unclear if the system malfunctioned or if someone tampered with it.