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Rescue boats surround the area where a diver entered the Missouri River Saturday to attach a hook to a submerged vehicle that had three occupants. 

Alex Boisjolie, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Authorities have positively identified the family of three who died after their vehicle entered the Missouri River on Oct. 16.

Following an investigation conducted by the Woodbury County Medical Examiner, Salomon Medina-Zavala, 53, Angelica Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 43, and Vanessa Medina-Gonzalez, 16, all of Sioux City, were found dead inside of the vehicle. 

The cause of death for all three was determined to be drowning. 

In the news release, the police department also provided an official timeline of events. 

At 4:18 p.m. Oct. 16, police responded to a report of a vehicle entering the Missouri River. Investigators documented evidence of the vehicle striking a chain link fence and going into the water. Witnesses described the vehicle floating downstream before going under water.

A missing persons report was made by family members the following day, on Oct. 17. 

Through a joint operation including numerous area agencies, the 2001 Honda Civic was recovered from the Missouri River on Saturday.

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