Delaware County police still don't know how a New Castle woman drown while her felon boyfriend escaped death when a car they were in went into Fudd's Lake southeast of Muncie on Monday.
Heather Padilla, 28, was pronounced dead at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital more than four hours after the incident from an apparent drowning. Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn was still awaiting results of an autopsy on Tuesday.
Incredibly, her reported boyfriend, David Kline, 28, got out of the car and swam to safety. then telling people who manage the pay pond to call police.
County police Capt. Richard Pickett said the two had been camping at the site off the Muncie Bypass and U.S. 35 and police were still looking at how the car went into the lake. Kline did not face immediate charges, pending drug and alcohol testing and further investigation.
He does face charges of possessing a handgun by a serious violent offender and has been convicted of various alcohol and property related offenses.
Police used divers and boats to locate the care and remove the victim from it. While paramedics and hospital staff tried to revive Padilla hoping the cold water would extend her life, she later died.
Jason Rogers, the county emergency management agency director, was on the scene helping coordinate the search and rescue with more than a dozen public safety officers.
One of my friend's was close friends with Heather. She's always thought the boyfriend was shady. I logged onto FB this morning and see this:
I guess the douchebag is keeping all of Heather's belongings. He won't give them over to the boys that Heather left behind.