​Drain Retention Pond: Police Search For Margaret Spilker In Pond

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December 23, 2013

Police plan to drain a retention pond in Dayton, Ohio to continue their search for a missing 87-year-old woman. The woman’s car was found submerged in the pond Saturday night.

Drain Retention Pond

“These are retention ponds for this whole business area. Water drains from the upper to the lower, from this one here, it drains out into the creek. All the indications of what believe is if she’s in the water, she would be in this pond. We don’t really have any reason to believe she would’ve left the pond through the drainage. Everything indicates that she’ll be in this pond,” says Lt. Craig Moore of Kettering Police

Police in Kettering say they do not suspect foul play in the disappearance of Margaret Spilker. She was last seen Saturday afternoon headed to the grocery store. A dive team searched the pond unsuccessfully for Spilker on Sunday.

Officers were initially dispatched at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after reports that a vehicle was submerged on Hempstead Station Road.

Spilker’s vehicle was eventually pulled out of the pond after police discovered it.

Spilker is described as a white female, 5-foot-7-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and has short brown hair.

Police say the water level is going down about 18 inches an hour. It was initially about 7 to 10 feet deep. They started the process around Sunday evening.

There are two buoys in the water, police say two separate cadaver dogs hit on that spot, it’s the same place where Spilker’s car was found. They believe that may be where her body is located.

Police say the back door of the car was open so they’re unsure if she was able to get out.

Family members called police Saturday afternoon around 4:30 after Spilker failed to show up for a party.

She hadn’t been heard from for a couple hours after she left to go get food from a catering company here in Kettering.

Police don’t suspect foul play at this time.

Police are trying to get surveillance video from surrounding businesses.

Anyone with any information regarding Spilker’s disappearance or the accident are asked to call Kettering police at (937) 296-2555.