Woman's body found in Texas drainage ditch after heavy rain

Posted at 12:24 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 13:24:16-04

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Authorities in northeast Texas say the body of a 44-year-old woman was found in a drainage ditch after her car became stranded in high water following severe thunderstorms that passed through the area.

Acting Sulphur Springs police Chief Jason Ricketson says Martha Patricia Torres-Regalado and another woman were driving late Wednesday when their car became stuck in a flooded drainage ditch.

The second woman went to seek help and when she returned Torres-Regalado was gone.

Torres-Regalado's body was found the next day in a drainage ditch blocks away.

Sulphur Springs is about 70 miles (112 kilometers) northeast of Dallas.

The storm system had brought heavy rain and numerous tornadoes to northern Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.