Cause of death revealed for woman who texted friends on the way to dinner party, then vanished

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A cause of death has been released for a Cherokee County woman who disappeared earlier this month and was later found dead in a lake.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner ruled this week that Laura Anne Linden died as the result of accidental drowning.

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The 65-year-old texted friends that she was on her way to a party at a friend’s house in the subdivision next to the lake where she lived. She never made it to the dinner party.

Three days later, Cherokee County fire and rescue drivers found her car in Lake Arrowhead in the community where she lived.


Deputies said they received a call the Tuesday after Linden disappeared about a car that may have gone into the lake. Deputies did not find a vehicle but saw evidence near the edge of the water that indicated a car had possibly gone into the lake.

Channel 2′s Tom Regan was on the scene for Channel 2 Action News at Noon as officials pulled her car out of the lake on Feb. 15. The rescue crews found Linden’s body inside the car.

The incident has been treated as an accident and deputies have said there is no evidence of foul play.

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