“Pulled over again:” Woman reported missing after texting friend found dead in submerged car

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KANSAS CITY — A body pulled from a vehicle submerged in the Missouri River was identified as missing 20-year-old Toni Anderson, Kansas City police said Wednesday, March 15th.

Anderson was last seen leaving a QuikTrip in North Kansas City early January 15th while driving a black 2014 Ford Focus, according to Kansas City police.

Her boyfriend, Pete Sanchez, told CNN that Anderson was driving home from work at a local club and was pulled over by police.

On January 15th, Anderson left work at 4:11 a.m., and was adamant about going to a gas station, according to WDAF. However, 30 minutes later, Anderson’s friend, Roxanne Townsend told the station she received a frightening text from Anderson.

“It was exactly 4:42 when she texted me and said, ‘I just got pulled over again.’ She said ‘again’ because she gets pulled over all the time,” Townsend said.

Kansas City police said they have no record of any of their officers pulling over Anderson.

Anderson’s disappearance sparked weeks of searching until last week, when that vehicle was pulled from the Missouri River in Parkville, Missouri. The body inside was identified as that of Anderson.

Police said there is no indication of foul play.

Anderson’s parents told CNN affiliate KCTV that they believe she became turned around after being pulled over by police, and ended up in Parkville. She then drove onto an icy boat launch, and her car slid into the river, the parents said.

The window was down and her seat belt was off, KCTV reports.

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