MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (AP/KSDK) -- A body found by teenagers on the bank of Fee Fee Creek in suburban St. Louis has been identified.
Maryland Heights police say the victim is Sherry Lynn Brown, 57. Family members say Sherry was schizophrenic and reported missing on Nov. 18. The preliminary cause of death was drowning and exposure.
The teens found the decomposed body Thursday evening. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office used dental records to identify Brown.
Sherry's brother, Jeff Brown, said Sherry was released from a St. Charles County mental health facility on November 18. She was not seen after leaving their brother's home in Wildwood. Four days later, Jeff said Maryland Heights Police told them she had crashed her car into a drainage culvert along the Lackland exit off of Page. They don't know what happened after that, but they are speculating that Sherry was washed down the creek in a rain storm.
Jeff said, "We got on Google Earth last night to try to find out what happened. You can see where the drainage culvert is, it goes down underground, goes down underneath Page it looks like. And not far east of that spot, that Culvert there's a huge Creek on the other side of Page. And I'm thinking that drainage culvert probably empties into that creek, and that creek goes all the way to the Missouri River. That's the creek she was found in."
Family members say Sherry was identified by dental records and a hospital identification bracelet. Police say it's possible Sherry left the scene of that crash on foot and re-entered the creek later, where she drowned.
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