BCSO: Body found inside a car submerged in a canal in Gridley

Butte County Sheriff Deputies report a body was found in a vehicle submerged in a canal just off of West Liberty Road in Gridley.

Posted: Apr 5, 2020 4:03 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2020 9:05 AM

UPDATE: 6:06 p.m., Sunday, April 5 - Deputies confirmed the body found inside the vehicle was that of 31-year-old Derick Ray Womack.

CHP says Womack was driving his 1998 Cadillac Deville westbound on West Liberty Road when he reached a dead-end at a gated entrance of the private property. He drove through that gate and into a muddy field where he was able to get back onto a muddy road that bordered a drainage canal.

Womack continued on this road for approximately 600 feet until he encountered a 90-degree turn where he slid off the wet grassy roadway into the canal. 

Womack's vehicle landed upsidedown in four to five feet of water trapping him inside. Womack was unable to escape and succumbed to his injuries.  

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GRIDLEY, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office said a body was found in a vehicle submerged in a canal just off of West Liberty Road in Gridley.

Deputies said this occurred Sunday, April 5 around 9 a.m. when a vehicle was spotted submerged in about seven feet of water in a canal that borders the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Gridley. CHP and Butte County Sheriffs responded to the scene.

Authorities said a body was found inside the vehicle and next of kin have been notified. The cause of the accident and death are still under investigation.

This is a developing story and we will update as soon as more information becomes available.

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