24-Year-Old Mother And 5-Year-Old Son Found Dead In Submerged Vehicle

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

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24-Year-Old Mother And 5-Year-Old Son Found Dead In Submerged Vehicle

April 6, 2014 Updated Apr 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM EST

MONROE COUNTY, Ind (21Alive) -- A mother and her son have been found dead in their car when authorities found it submerged in flood water in Monroe County, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

24-year-old Jana Payton and 5-Year-Old Bronson Ligget were found in the submerged vehicle around 4:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Officers had been searching for the two since they were reported missing early Saturday morning.

A friend was able to get out of the vehicle as it became submerged and swam to safety before calling police. Payton was a mother of two and her 7-year-old son was not in the car at the time. Authorities believe Payton became lost due to the flooded roads.

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