Fatal crash: Missing Bethany woman, her vehicle found in canal

SOUTH BETHANY – South Bethany Police on Saturday confirmed a deceased woman found floating in a canal on Friday is Linda Lee Bravo, the 70-year-old Bethany Beach woman reported missing since June 13.

South Bethany Police  Chief Jason Lovins said the Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the victim recovered from the canal was identified as Linda Lee Bravo, and her death has been ruled as an accidental drowning.

Delaware State Police report Ms. Bravo died as the result of the fatal crash during which her vehicle entered the canal and sank to the bottom.

Linda Lee Bravo

According to Chief Lovins, at about 5:45 p.m., Friday, June 28, a human body was reported to be floating in the canal in the area of Bayshore Drive in the town limits of South Bethany.

South Bethany Police were assisted by the Bethany Beach Police, Ocean View Police, Delaware State Police and the Bethany Fire and Rescue units on the recovery of the body from the canal.

The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Wilmington.

Saturday morning around 7 a.m. South Bethany Police with assistance from the Bethany Police and Delaware State Police SCUBA/Dive unit continued the search in the area where the deceased victim was located.

During this search, state police SCUBA divers located a white Mercedes Benz.

Authorities confirmed the recovered vehicle belongs to Linda Lee Bravo.

State police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said investigative analysis determined Ms. Bravo was involved in the fatal incident about 12:57 a.m. on June 14.

Investigation revealed Ms. Bravo was northbound on York Road approaching Rebecca Road in her 2011 Mercedes when the vehicle entered the canal access ramp, broke through a thin cable wire and sank to the bottom of the canal, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The incident occurred within a residential community, and no roadways were closed during the investigation, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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