The Watauga County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday that it has been asked to provide assistance to the North Carolina Highway Patrol in the investigation of a single vehicle accident on Brookshire Road near Highway 194 about 12:45 pm Wednesday.

Around 6pm Wednesday, a body was found partially submerged in the creek about 200 feet north of where the vehicle came to rest. 

The Watauga Sheriff’s office and troopers with the Highway Patrol investigated and determined the victim, Linda Reece Osborne, 71, of Zionville, got out of the vehicle in an attempt to walk for help and fell into the cold water, succumbing to the frigid waters.

The statement indicated there was 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.