UPDATED: Woman found dead in St. Louis Bay had Pelican Rapids roots
Superior Police said a woman who was found dead in her SUV in St. Louis Bay is 24-year-old Ashley Lynn Ganyo of Duluth. Police also said that alcohol is suspected in her drowning.
Ganyo was a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, is originally from Pelican Rapids, Minn. and/or Grafton, N.D., where she has immediate family in both locations, police said.
A preliminary autopsy showed that Ganyo died due to drowning, police said in a statement, adding: "While it is suspected that alcohol, weather and speed may have been contributing factors in this crash toxicology reports are not expected for several weeks. Additional crash analysis is expected to take some time as well."
Ganyo's vehicle was found in the ice-crusted water of St. Louis Bay at the end of North 21st Street in Superior's Billings Park on Sunday morning.
She was found seat-belted into the driver's seat of the dark green 2002 Ford Excursion with North Dakota license plates. The SUV was mostly submerged in the water. High speeds are believed to have been a factor in the accident, according to police. Three trees on the edge of the water were uprooted.
Rescue workers searched the water and pulled debris from the SUV in the early afternoon before towing the vehicle. The parking lot area at the end of North 21st Street was closed off during the investigation.