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Horry County authorities search river area for clues about missing Aynor woman

The discovery of a submerged vehicle belonging to a woman reported missing in April from Aynor had Horry County police and fire rescue dive team members searching the banks of the Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry on Monday, said Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler.

But authorities did not find any evidence that gave them more information about DeLuca's whereabouts or circumstances, Kegler said.

On Friday, Marion County authorities found a vehicle that belonged to Susan Kay DeLuca, 45, of Aynor submerged in the river, Kegler said. Authorities returned to the area at 9 a.m. Monday and searched for several hours for any evidence related to the vehicle and DeLuca in the water and along the riverbank.

DeLuca was last seen April 15 when she was possibly traveling to the state of Maryland to visit her family, according to authorities. But DeLuca did not show up and her family reported her missing on April 29.

Detectives initiated an investigation once law enforcement learned that DeLuca never made it to Maryland. A preliminary investigation revealed that DeLuca may have been seen in Marion County near Sparky’s Fireworks on U.S.501.

Anyone who has any information on the location of DeLuca is asked to contact the Horry County Police Department at 915-5350 or 915-TIPS (8477).

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