The body of a woman found in a creek Wednesday has been identified.

The Watauga Democrat reports a car was found at the bottom of an embankment Wednesday around 12:45 pm, but there was no one around.

On Wednesday evening, emergency personnel responded to a report of a body that had been found in the middle of a creek near the intersection of N.C. 194 and Brookshire Road — where a Toyota Camry was found earlier.

According to the report the body of a female was discovered approximately 150 to 200 feet from where the car was found.  T

he report indicated Trooper J. Hodges, who responded to the initial accident report, said that after talking with multiple people, he has gathered that Linda Reece Osborne, 71, of Zionville, must have wrecked sometime between 7 and 7:30 am. According to the report, Osborne served as a home health care provider for a client on Brookshire Road. Hodges said after talking with people about Osborne’s normal routine, she was probably driving on Brookshire Road trying to make a left turn onto N.C. 194 to go back towards Boone. He said the roads were probably slick causing the car to lose traction or slid to the left.

Update: The Watauga County Sheriff's Department released a statement Friday indicating it has been asked to assist the North Carolina SBI in the invetsigation of the accident on Brookshire Road. The Sheriff's Office and State Highway Patrol Troopers investigating the incident have determined the victim, identified as Linda Reece Osborne, 71, of Zionville, got out of the vehicle in an attempt to walk for help and fell into the cold water. According to the statement, there is no evidence of foul play. The incident has been referred to the Medical Examiner's Office at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem pending final autopsy results. 

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