ROXANA, Ill. (AP) – Relatives say a mother and her 7-year-old son had been returning from an autism therapy session when their minivan ended up in a suburban St. Louis retention pond.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that autopsies completed Thursday indicated that 34-year-old Ashly Maynard, and her son, Vincent Maynard, drowned. But a final cause of death won’t be decided until toxicology tests are completed.
The bodies were found early Wednesday after a motorist spotted headlights in the water near Roxana, Illinois.
The boy’s paternal grandmother, Mary Maynard of East Alton, described her nonverbal grandson as a “gift from God” and his mother as a forward-thinker.
Madison County Sheriff John Lakin has said that although there were no skid marks at the scene, there is no indication so far that what happened was intentional.