NORTH COVENTRY – A 20-year-old woman from North Coventry who went missing last week has been found dead in the Schuylkill River. Authorities said she died from exposure to the elements.
On Sunday 23rd January 2022 at 9.08pm Angelica Rodriguez was reported missing by her boyfriend and flatmate from their flat in the 200 block of Coyne Alley North Coventry Township.
During the initial investigation, a vehicle belonging to Rodriguez was located near the intersection of South York Street and River Road, approximately one block from the apartment. Inside the unlocked vehicle were items belonging to the victim, including his wallet, mobile phone and identification documents.
During the investigation CCTV showed the victim arriving at the scene approx. 6:56 p.m. was obtained and revealed that the victim had left his car on foot and crossed the guide rail, descending the embankment towards the Schuylkill River on his own. This led officers to search these areas along the Schuylkill River Park and the public boat launch in Pottstown.
As daylight became available during the search, a body was discovered underwater requiring further assistance from the Friendship Fire Company Diving-Rescue Unit of Phoenixville, PA and the Keystone Water Rescue Unit of Boyertown, as well a full response from the Norco Fire Company Fire Department and Rescue Units and the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, as well as the Chester County Coroner’s Office.
During the inquest, it emerged that Rodriguez traveled to the Schuylkill River alone and entered the water where she later died from exposure to the elements or drowning. The victim was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for an autopsy.
The results of this examination are pending toxicology.
North Coventry Township Police Service believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community as a whole.
The North Coventry Township Police Service will continue to be available to assist residents and citizens who find themselves in crisis or who may be having suicidal thoughts by calling 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-8255.