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HUDSON — The body of an 83-year-old missing Morton woman who was the subject of a massive search last week was pulled from Evergreen Lake on Sunday morning in her submerged car. 

McLean County Coroner Kathleen Davis confirmed Katherine Reardon was found Sunday morning in the water off the west boat launch at Comlara Park near Hudson. Davis said her office was notified at 10:05 a.m. Sunday, and Reardon was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The incident remains under investigation by the McLean County coroner's office, the McLean County Sheriff's Department and Morton police. The Hudson Fire Department and members of the Hudson Dive Team assisted with the recovery at the scene.

Reardon was a school bus monitor for Morton School District 709. After she did not show up for work the morning of Nov. 24, her daughter, Marlynne Gunn checked her house and reported her missing.

Reardon was last seen leaving Heritage Health in Normal about 5:30 p.m. the previous day. She had been visiting her sister-in-law, who has been staying there the past several weeks, said Julie Mooberry, a family spokeswoman.

"We greatly appreciate everyone's help in trying to locate Kay this past week," she said. "We don't know any other details at this point."

Family members had earlier speculated that she gotten lost driving home from Normal.

Her cellphone was found at her home.

A search of the area — including near the lake — involved an aerial search by two private pilots, a group of people driving all-terrain vehicles and many others on the ground.

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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