Woman found dead in debris identified

September 26, 2008 9:01:17 PM PDT
A woman found dead in debris had phoned a friend to say water was ankle deep in her Bolivar Peninsula home as Hurricane Ike came ashore. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | School closings | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim | Latest power numbers

Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive on Friday announced the victim was 58-year-old Gail L. Ettenger of Gilchrist.

Searchers on Tuesday afternoon recovered the unidentified body in a debris field in southern Chambers County. Ettenger was identified through fingerprint comparisons.

She was last heard from at approximately 2:30 a.m. CDT Sept. 13, around the time Ike made landfall at Galveston.

The sheriff says Ettenger phoned a friend to say the water had risen to ankle deep levels in the elevated beach cabin where she lived.

LaRive says Ettenger was a lab employee at the Exxon Mobil Refinery in Beaumont.

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