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Body found in car submerged in Mississippi River identified as missing Florissant woman

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Higgins was last seen on Nov, 2017 (Credit: Florissant Police Department) Higgins was last seen on Nov, 2017 (Credit: Florissant Police Department)
LINCOLN COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Human remains found inside a car submerged in the Mississippi River have been identified as a missing Florissant woman.

Police said a couple who owns an underwater sonar company located the car of 59-year-old Barbara Higgins in the river near Lincoln County Friday and called police.

Higgins was last seen Nov. 5 at a Petro Mart located in the 1200 block of Shackleford Road in Florissant.

A dive team was called in and found a body in the passenger seat. Authorities identified the body as being Higgins Saturday.

News 4 spoke with searchers Tammy and Dennis Watters, who discovered Higgins' body in a canal by using sonar equipment. The couple has helped families search for their missing loved ones for more than a decade. 

"If we can help bring a missing loved one home to their family, that's all that matters," said Tammy Watters.

Police never suspected foul play in Higgins' disappearance, but the family contacted the Watters for help.

"This family, they were besides themselves since Nov. 5. They didn't know where their sister was,"  said Tammy Watters.

The cold weather suspended the couple's search for two months, but the couple returned this week to search an area they hadn't touched. They spotted Higgins' car immediately near a canal.

"We're glad that we found her, but sad because it's not the outcome the family wanted," said Tammy Watters.

Police are working to figure out Higgins' cause of death and how she ended up in the river.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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