ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A body has been pulled from the same St. Louis-area lake where a baby was found inside a car, and police say the case is also connected to a fatal house fire.
The chain of events began around 5:30 a.m. Thursday when fire broke out at a home owned by Cristy Lynn Campbell in Glen Carbon, Illinois. An adult died in the fire but six children, siblings ranging from very young to teenagers, escaped.
About 6 a.m., a car was found in Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois, about 16 miles from the home. A baby was found alone in the car and taken to a St. Louis hospital. The child's condition has not been disclosed.
Shortly before noon, a body was pulled from the lake. Authorities have disclosed no details. But Madison County, Illinois, Coroner Steve Nonn says in a news release that the two investigations are related.
Soon after the car was found, Glen Carbon police issued an advisory describing Campbell as a "person of interest" and "possibly endangered."
UPDATE: A baby found inside an SUV submerged in a lake near St. Louis is expected to recover, thanks to the fast actions of a passing motorist and a paramedic.
But Thursday was still a tragic day in Madison County, Illinois, where one person died in a house fire and a second died in the lake in what authorities say are connected cases.
It began at 5:15 a.m. on Glen Carbon, Illinois, when fire broke out at a home owned by Cristy Lynn Campbell. An adult died in the fire but six children, siblings ranging from very young to teenagers, escaped. Sheriff John Lakin says the person killed has not been identified.
At 5:31 a.m., a motorist near Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois, saw a car heading toward the water and called 911. Paramedic Todd Zobrist arrived quickly, jumped into the 46-degree water and found a baby floating inside the car. He administered CPR on the hood then swam with the child to shore.
Lakin says the child is expected to be released Friday from a hospital in St. Charles, Missouri.
At 11:15 a.m., a body was pulled from the lake. The victim has not been identified but Lakin says authorities are no longer searching for Campbell.