Body of Bernie woman missing since Christmas Eve found

CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The body of a Region 8 woman missing since Christmas Eve has been recovered in Clay County.

According to the Clay County Sheriff, Shirley Stratton's body was found along the St. Francis River early Tuesday morning by fisherman.

Stratton went missing Christmas Even night after she lost control of her car and ran into a ditch into Stoddard County. As she was trying to escape the car, she was swept away about rising flood waters.

Emergency crews spent several days searching the waters off Highway U in Stoddard County.

Searchers found her coat and shoe with the body which helped identify the body.

The cause of death has been ruled accidental.

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