Tonto Basin Woman Drowns After Car Goes Into Roosevelt Lake


Mary Lou Morton, 56, of Tonto Basin, died after her car went into Roosevelt Lake late Monday night.

Lt. Tim Scott of the Gila County Sheriff's Office in Payson said his office received a call a little after 10 p.m., Monday, April 28. He provided the following:

"Pat Taylor, who lives on the east side of Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin said Mary Lou Morton left their residence and was heading to her home on the west side of Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin at approximately 9 p.m."

The Taylors received a call from Morton's husband who told them he received a call from his wife at about 9:39 p.m. She told him she was in deep water and could not get out.

The Taylors went out looking for Morton, but could not locate her at any of the Tonto Creek crossings in the area. GCSO officers were dispatched to the area to try and locate Morton. The Gila County Dive Team was also called out.

At approximately 10:24 p.m., the GCSO received a call from the Taylors. They were at the Indian Point boat launch and there was a light glow in the water. All officers involved responded to that location.

At approximately 1 a.m., a white female was found floating in the water by Gila County Sheriff's Office personnel. The body was later identified as Mary Lou Morton, the missing person.

Scott reported that the cause of death was drowning.

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