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Missing Durham woman, 78, found dead in wrecked car

Posted October 29, 2012

— A 78-year-old Durham woman who was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert was found dead inside her wrecked car Monday morning.

Durham police said Monday afternoon that the body of Peggy Conway Riley was found around 9 a.m. inside a tan 1987 Pontiac Bonneville on Camden Avenue, between Midland Terrace and Mist Lake Drive.

Investigators said the car ran off the left side of the road, went down an embankment and landed in a creek bed.

They are still trying to determine when the wreck occurred and what caused it.

Riley was found about 10 miles from her home on Mount Herman Church Road, where she was last seen Sunday.

Authorities issued the Silver Alert for her Sunday evening.

Developed in 2007, Silver Alert is a system to quickly notify the public about missing endangered adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease.


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  • beach2011 Oct 31, 2012

    so sad - God bless her family!

  • jmc3 Oct 30, 2012

    So sad to see this news. I worked with Peggy for many years at Eckerd Drugs and Kerr Drugs. She was a fine person.

  • sssh.. whisper Oct 30, 2012

    Prayers to her family.

  • LordHelpUsAll Oct 30, 2012

    Prayers to the family. Hope she didn't suffer.

  • crc1968 Oct 30, 2012

    This is unbelievable. She was found in a wrecked car, the 2 missing boys found in a overturned car and the guy missing from his family found a week later in a overturned car. My prayers are with them all.

  • lisa4 Oct 30, 2012

    Prayers for her family & friends. So sad.

  • Scubagirl Oct 29, 2012

    Oh that's horrible. I can only say I hope she didn't suffer and that it was instant! Condolences to her loved ones; so very, very sad

  • oneal2bme Oct 29, 2012

    Holly my prayers are with you and your family

  • North Carolina Cutie Oct 29, 2012

    My prayers go out to the family.

  • fromRaleigh Oct 29, 2012

    So sad...prayers of peace for her family.