BUCK CREEK STATE PARK, Ohio (WDTN) – The body of a missing Dayton woman was found in the same lake where her husband’s vehicle was found submerged on Thursday.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed the discovery of the body around 3 pm. The Coroner later confirmed the identity of that body as Latricia Bass-Jefferies.
Bass-Jefferies was last seen on Saturday in Springfield, taking a family friend home. That friend told 2 NEWS that Bass-Jefferies mentioned she found it hard to drive at night because it was hard for her to see.
When the vehicle was pulled out of the lake, no one was inside, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The Wright-Patterson Dive Team was called to the scene to help cut through the ice surrounding the vehicle. Officials believe the car ended up in the lake following a crash, saying they do not suspect foul play.
Lt. Jason Hall with the Dayton Police Department released the following statement regarding the investigation:
“The Dayton Police Department received a report on Tuesday, January 21st regarding the disappearance of Latrice Bass-Jefferies. This report was assigned to a Special Victims Unit investigator for follow up. The assigned detective examined the information available in this case, and spoke with family and other persons close to Mrs. Bass-Jefferies. This initial information revealed that this situation is not consistent with Mrs. Bass-Jefferies normal routine.
Investigators worked diligently utilizing all avenues available to find Mrs. Bass-Jefferies and as a result were led to Buck Creek State Park. There, along with our partners from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Piqua Fire Department, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources we were able to locate the vehicle Mrs. Bass-Jefferies was last known travelling in submerged in the lake.
Although the vehicle has been found, the search for Mrs. Bass-Jefferies continues, and investigators are actively working to determine the circumstances leading up to this event. If anyone has seen Ms. Bass-Jefferies or knows anything about her whereabouts or disappearance, please call police at 937-333-COPS or if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.”Lt. Jason Hall, Dayton Police Department
On Friday, Ohio State Highway Patrol told 2 NEWS that six different dive teams are working on the search in the lake. Also being used in the search are K9 units, both on land and in boats. OSP says K9 units can be helpful in the water and are being used in the surrounding woods.
Dive teams were facing ice issues, OSP reported Friday.
Her family was on scene during the search.
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