Crime & Courts

Missing woman found dead in partially submerged SUV

A Haysville woman reported missing late Wednesday was found dead Thursday in an SUV lying on its side in the canal in north Wichita.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Middleton said Diana A. Guevara, 28, was driving a black Toyota Scion XB southbound on I-135 when she “apparently took the (off) ramp to 21st Street” sometime after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“For an unknown reason, it (the car) left the roadway, drove through the KDOT fence and landed into the canal,” Middleton said, referring to the Kansas Department of Transportation-owned chain link fence that surrounds the water just off the highway and New York Street.

“We don’t know yet when this happened. The driver was a missing person,” he added. Guevara was last seen late Wednesday. Emergency scanner traffic indicated she was due to arrive home from work but never arrived.

What caused her to crash was also immediately unclear.

Gerald Pool of Wichita called 911 when he spotted the Scion partially submerged in the water around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday.

He said he was riding his bicycle to the Dillons grocery store at 21st and Amidon to buy some turkey for a Thanksgiving meal and stopped for a rest on the bridge just south of where the vehicle went through the fence.

If he’d been in a car, he might not have seen it.

“I’m looking at the water over here in the canal, normally looking for fish, and I looked up and seen this car out there,” Pool said. “I called the police right away.”

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker