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A Muscatine woman was pronounced dead Thursday after being found in a vehicle underwater, below the Cedar River Bridge near Nichols.

MUSCOM received a call around 2 p.m. Thursday, regarding a vehicle under the water on the west side of the bridge, off Highway 22. According to the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office in a news release, one female, later identified as Traci Lynn Avis, 47, of Muscatine, was removed from the vehicle.

Avis was transported to University Hospitals, Iowa City, where she was pronounced dead. The cause of death will be determined pending an autopsy, according to the sheriff's office.

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Muscating Police Department, West Liberty Ambulance, West Liberty Fire Department, Nichols First Responders and the Nichols Fire Department, according to a news release. 

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