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Bexar County Deputy’s Body Found in San Antonio Sinkhole

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A sinkhole that formed in the 8400 block of Quintana Road in San Antonio on December 4, 2016, caused the death of a part-time Bexar County deputy. The woman, identified as Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara, apparently drove into the hole prior to another victim who was assisted by witnesses. In a report provided by KSAT-TV, when officials arrived on the scene, Deputy Nishihara’s car was found submerged and crews located her body inside the car on Monday. This YouTube video by day break shows images of the wreckage:

In an official statement, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said, “We are heartbroken to confirm Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara passed away after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. Deputy Nishihara worked as a Reserve Deputy from August 2009 to October 2016 before transitioning to a part-time Deputy at the Bexar County Courthouse in October of this year. We are assisting her family as they deal with this tragedy.”

Bexar County Deputy’s Body Found in San Antonio Sinkhole

Photo: Flickr/ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd.

The cause of the sinkhole is no mystery. Over 6 inches of rainfall had occurred in the San Antonio area from Sunday through Monday morning. According to investigators, the rainfall coupled with the rupture of a 96-inch sewer pipe combined to cause its formation.