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Woman who died in James River was wanted for meth lab explosion

Amy Briscoe (Source: The Evening Tribune) Amy Briscoe (Source: The Evening Tribune)
Source: Jeff Hunter Source: Jeff Hunter

Richmond Police have identified the woman found dead in the James River on Tuesday, who is reportedly wanted in a meth lab explosion.

Police say Amy Sue Briscoe, 36, appears to be the victim of an apparent drowning. Her remains have been sent to the Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death.

The Evening Tribune reports that Briscoe is one of two people wanted in a meth lab explosion in Hornell, NY.

Witnesses told police that Briscoe and a man she was with were both swept away by the current and carried over a low-head dam near the Manchester Bridge. Briscoe was trapped by the hydraulic current immediately below the dam.

"As warmer weather approaches, the James River will become a busy place, but people need to be aware of the dangers," said Chief Alfred Durham. "Everyone needs to respect the power of the river with its cold, swift-moving water. A moment’s inattention or a bad decision can be a life-threatening mistake. Be mindful out there."

River crews were able to rescue the man, who was suffering from hypothermia. Police have not released any information on the man or said if he is the second suspect wanted in the meth lab explosion.

Lt. Chris Armstrong with the Richmond Fire Department says river-goers should not only monitor water temperatures but also the river's levels before getting in.

"By law, if the water level is above five feet, then they need to actually have on a life vest," said Armstrong. "If it's above nine feet, they need to have a permit issued by the Richmond Fire Department."

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