The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 23, 2012

Rural Granby woman drowns after car lands in Shoal Creek

JOPLIN, Mo. — A rural Granby woman accidentally drowned when the car she and her husband were in ran off the road late Saturday night and landed in Shoal Creek near Tipton Ford, according to Newton County authorities.

The body of Jennifer Youngblood, 39, was recovered about 300 yards downstream from the accident site along Old Scenic Drive, a short distance south of Fremont Lane.

Detective Dale Brashers of the Newton County Sheriff’s Department said Youngblood was a passenger in a southbound Honda Accord driven by her husband, Robert Youngblood, 40. The car ran off the east side of Old Scenic Drive when Robert Youngblood became distracted, Brashers said.

The driver thought he saw something run in front of the car, Brashers said.

The car traveled down an embankment and landed in about 4 to 5 feet of water in the creek, the investigator said.

“We believe she got out of the vehicle with him but just did not make it to the bank with him,” Brashers said.

Sheriff Ken Copeland told the Globe that both the Youngbloods called 911 for help on their cellphones while they were still with the vehicle in the creek.

The sheriff said the couple did not know exactly where they were, but rescue workers were able to pinpoint their location fairly quickly. By the time they arrived at the scene, however, Jennifer Youngblood had been swept downstream and had drowned, Copeland said.

The Redings Mill Fire Department and a Newton County search and rescue dive team responded to the emergency in addition to sheriff’s deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.



Ruling

AN AUTOPSY was conducted Monday at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, according to Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges. Bridges said he would be ruling the death an apparent drowning by accident.

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