Update, 5:40 p.m.: The family issued the following statement to Clarksville Now, including a plea for information about the wreck.
“We are extremely heartbroken and puzzled to learn this news. Jasonah was a sweet, loving, intelligent young woman. She was so excited about her first year at APSU. Jasonah is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and graduated from LaVergne High School near Nashville. She was studying to become a pediatric nurse. If anyone has any details pertaining to events leading up to the accident, please let us know.”
The statement came from Crawford’s aunt Devita Jackson on behalf of Crawford’s mother, Latishia Dowdy.
Update, 5 p.m.: The driver of the Nissan found in the Cumberland River was Jasonah Crawford, 18, a student at Austin Peay State University, according to her family.
Crawford was a freshman at APSU and worked at Electrolux in Springfield, her aunt Devita Jackson said.
Her family had been looking for her for several days after the crash. She had been driving a gray Nissan Altima, which matches the description of the vehicle divers found.
Jackson said the family was notified Sunday after police identified Crawford.
The recovery effort started this morning at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to CFR Capt. Michael Rios.
Taking part were Montgomery County EMS, Montgomery County Rescue Squad, Water Dogs Scuba and Safety, Clarksville Fire Rescue, Clarksville Police Department, Montgomery County EMA, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Clarksville Street Department, US Coast Guard, TC Towing and Jones Brothers Towing.
EMS and Water Dogs Scuba divers found the engine block at around 11:30 a.m. Divers searched the area surrounding that location, and they found the vehicle shortly after, Rios said.
The driver was the only person found in the car.
This is still an open and ongoing investigation, police said.
Update, 2:10 p.m.: The vehicle has been removed from the river. The car was upside down as it was dragged from the water.
The car is a gray Nissan sedan with one occupant, who is deceased, CFR Capt. Michael Rios said. Extrication is under way.
Conditions allowed divers to safely enter the Cumberland to search for the vehicle, and the vehicle has been located, Clarksville Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Rios said Sunday.
At 12:45 p.m., Riverside Drive was shut down from Commerce Street to Crossland Avenue so that crews can pull the vehicle out.
Strong currents in the Cumberland and cold weather had made conditions too dangerous for divers to continue recovery for the last few days.
Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses reported seeing a vehicle leave the roadway and enter the Cumberland River near Riverside Drive and West Washington Street, just north of the RJ Corman Bridge, according to Police Detective Michael Patterson.
Clarksville Police, Clarksville Fire Rescue, Montgomery County Rescue Squad, and Montgomery County EMS were involved in the search until about 10 p.m. Tuesday, when it was called off until morning.
This article will be updated.