SAVANNAH, GA (July 22, 2011): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are attempting to identify a woman who drowned after falling into the Savannah River near the Waving Girl statue Downtown Thursday night.


The black woman, appearing to be about 60, with grey hair was pulled from the river by Savannah Fire about 11:10 p.m., about 25 minutes after they had begun cruising the river in an attempt to find her. She was declared dead at Memorial University Medical Center. Savannah Fire Battalion Chief Currtis L. Wallace said initial reports indicated she had fallen in close to the Hyatt Hotel, but she was found near the spot where they later were told she went into the water.


The woman was wearing purple pants and top with blue flip flop shoes and had been carrying a white canvass shopping bag with red and black stripes and a black, red and yellow umbrella. Witnesses reported she appeared intoxicated when she walked to the railing along the river, bent over it and soon fell into the water. They tried to throw a life preserver to her, but she did not respond.


Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Crimestoppers tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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