Woman’s body found inside stolen ambulance in the Kanawha River

A woman's body and an ambulance were both pulled from the Kanawha River on Thanksgiving Day.
A woman's body and an ambulance were both pulled from the Kanawha River on Thanksgiving Day.(Kim Rafferty)
Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 9:07 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A woman accused of stealing an ambulance has been found inside that vehicle in the Kanawha River.

According to the Charleston Police Department, a Cedar Grove VFD ambulance was stolen by Elizabeth Reed of Hinton, W.Va.

Police say Reed was a patient at CAMC General Hospital’s emergency room.

They say at around 12:31 a.m. Thursday, Reed stole the ambulance and traveled toward Kanawha Boulevard.

The ambulance struck the cement barrier near Chesapeake Avenue and went over the embankment into the Kanawha River.

At approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Reed was located inside the ambulance by a search and rescue team.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

This case is now in the hands of the Charleston Police Department Crash Investigation Unit

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - First responders will be back at the Kanawha River this Thanksgiving Day to search for a woman and recover an ambulance.

According to a Metro 911 supervisor, it was reported a woman had stolen an ambulance from a hospital in Charleston and drove it into the Kanawha River in the 2200 block of Kanawha Boulevard.

This happened after 1 a.m. Thursday.

It’s confirmed the ambulance is in the river, but the woman hasn’t been located.

First responders will be back out Thursday to look for the woman and retrieve the ambulance.

No injuries have been reported.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest.