The body of a 78-year-old woman missing since June was recovered Saturday, after a man kayaking on the Bosque River near Iredell spotted her submerged car and called authorities.

Carolyn Jordan’s body was still strapped inside her black 2002 Toyota Camry, when Erath County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene in Bosque County. All the windows of the car were broken.

“Her car was found in a body of water about 50 yards off Highway 6,” Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.

Jordan had been missing since June 24, after she left a friend’s Erath County residence to head back to her home in San Antonio. When Jordan was not heard from for several days, a search for the retired school teacher got under way. Texas EquuSearch and more than 100 volunteers conducted an exhaustive search on foot and on horseback all the way from Lipan to San Antonio. With no sign of Jordan’s car and no activity on her credit cards or cell phone, family and friends began to suspect that Jordan - who was otherwise healthy and fully competent before she disappeared - might have had some type of stroke that left her disoriented. They feared her car might have been swept up by raging waters caused by widespread flooding.

Jordan’s body was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

Bryant said authorities will probably never know why Jordan’s car was found off of Highway 6 when she was apparently on her way to San Antonio.

“We don’t know if she was lost or if high water caused her to take some kind of detour,” he said.

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