79-year-old woman identified as driver in car found in Claytor Lake

Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 4:58 PM EDT
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DUBLIN, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: The driver of a car found in Claytor Lake has been identified as a 79-year-old woman from Pennsylvania.

Jean Cecilia Lester was found in a Jeep Grand Cherokee in approximately 12 feet of water, according to Virginia State Park Rangers.

Her remains were taken to the Roanoke medical examiner’s office for autopsy.

Rangers say the incident is under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: A person was found dead in a car that was fully submerged in Claytor Lake Saturday evening.

According to Claytor Lake State Park Law Enforcement, rangers were notified of a car in a lake behind the picnic area of the park.

Rangers say divers recovered the car and found a person dead inside. The identity of the victim has not been released until the family has been notified.