ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a body being found and a child being rescued from late near St. Louis (all times local):
A woman found dead in a lake near St. Louis where an infant was rescued hours earlier has been identified as the child’s mother.
The coroner in Madison County, Illinois, released the information Friday as investigators try to untangle the events that preceded the death of 32-year-old Cristy Lynn Campbell.
A fire broke out at her home around 5:15 a.m. Thursday in nearby Glen Carbon, Illinois. Six children escaped, but an adult died.
Coroner Steve Nonn says an autopsy will be conducted Friday to positively identify the person killed in the fire. Campbell’s estranged husband, 37-year-old Justin Campbell, is unaccounted for.
About 15 minutes later, an SUV was spotted driving into Silver Lake, about 16 miles away in Highland, Illinois. A paramedic found Campbell’s 3-month-old son in the car and saved him.
Authorities have praised the actions of a fast-thinking paramedic who dove into a frigid Illinois lake and saved an infant from a submerged SUV.
Madison County Sheriff John Lakin says a motorist called 911 Thursday morning to report a car heading down a hill toward Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois.
Paramedic Todd Zobrist arrived on the scene and swam toward the SUV, where he found a baby floating inside. He pulled the baby onto the hood of the vehicle and administered CPR. The child was then taken to a hospital.
Lakin says the baby is expected to make a full recovery. Highland Emergency Medical Services chief Brian Wilson called Zobrist’s actions heroic.
Authorities later recovered two bodies in related incidents. One was recovered from the lake and the other after a house fire.