SANTA ROSA (AP) — Authorities have discovered the body of a Southern California woman who appears to have accidentally driven into the Russian River while heading to her Santa Rosa hotel over the weekend.

The California Highway Patrol said 62-year-old Phyllis Bin’s body was found inside a minivan pulled from the river late Monday afternoon.

The Agoura Hills resident was last seen driving in the minivan from a restaurant in Jenner, where she had dinner with friends Saturday night.

Authorities found fresh tire tracks on a grassy shoulder of Highway 1 that overlooks the Russian River.

They don’t believe Bin was drinking although a toxicology report is pending.

CHP Officer Tim Randall said investigators are also looking into whether the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure.

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