Skowhegan woman, 62, presumed dead after driving into river

Posted May 14, 2012, at 9:02 a.m.
Last modified May 14, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — Authorities have called off the search for a Skowhegan woman presumed killed Saturday night when her car drove into a river in Fairfield.

Divers probed the murky water near a bridge until Sunday night and did not find the body of Cora Marley, 62.

Fairfield police Sgt. Matthew Bard says a warden’s service aircraft would fly over the area Monday, but it is unlikely divers will return to Martin Stream, tributary of the Kennebec River.

Bard told the Morning Sentinel that visibility is less than a foot and the stream is 18 to 20 feet deep.

Marley is the sister of former state Sen. Ken Gagnon.

Witnesses driving behind her said her vehicle was driving erratically and the brake lights didn’t come on before the car veered into the water.