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UPDATE - Coroner: Woman, two children died before car was pushed into Lake Eufaula
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UPDATE - Coroner: Woman, two children died before car was pushed into Lake Eufaula

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EUFAULA – The three victims found dead in a partially submerged car in Lake Eufaula Monday morning have been identified as a woman and two children, and a person of interest in what has been described by authorities as a possible homicide case received treatment at Southeast Health late Monday afternoon.

Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman said the woman has been identified as Remona Hudson and two children who were not identified because they were under the age of 18. However, al.com reported that the coroner said the children are believed to be ages around 12 and 16.

The woman and two children are believed to be residents from out of state, according to a news release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). Both ALEA's State Bureau of Investigation and the Eufaula Police Department are working to confirm the identities of the victims.

Chapman said the victims apparently died before the blue sedan they were found in was pushed into the water and remained partially submerged near Creek Town Park. The bodies have been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences where autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death, which Chapman said was unclear.

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Dothan Police Chief Will Benny confirmed Monday evening that a male, who has been identified as a person of interest in the case, was life flighted to Southeast Health from Eufaula. Dothan police officers remained at the hospital waiting for Alabama State Bureau of Investigation officials. As of Monday evening, there were no reports of arrests in the case.

Eufaula Police Chief Steve Watkins confirmed earlier Monday that a blue sedan with three bodies inside was discovered in Lake Eufaula near Creek Town Park.

Watkins said a passerby notified a crossing guard of the car in the lake, and the crossing guard called the police department to make a report. The department was notified at about 7:18 a.m.

Watkins said the investigation is being assisted by the SBI. He said he could not share further information at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the SBI anonymous hotline at 1-800-392-8011.

Sable Riley is a Dothan Eagle staff writer and can be reached at sriley@dothaneagle.com or 334.712.7915. Support her work and that of other Eagle journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at dothaneagle.com.

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