Funerals Saturday For Woman & Granddaughter Killed In Canal Crash

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A woman and her granddaughter will be laid to rest Saturday in separate graveside funerals.

Marva Sadler and Aleanna Belmarez were killed Tuesday evening after their car went into a canal in Swan Quarter.

Sadler, who was postmaster in Swan Quarter, will be laid to rest at 3:00 p.m. at Soule Cemetery. Her three year old granddaughter's funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, in the Sladesville community.

The child's family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Friday evening, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Sadler's family will receive friends at her home on Quarter Road.

The Medical Examiner's Office says Sadler died from drowning, while there is no cause of death listed yet for Aleanna.


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An Eastern Carolina postmaster and her 3-year-old granddaughter died after their vehicle was found submerged in a canal in Hyde County.

State troopers say 46-year-old Marva Sadler and her granddaughter, 3-year-old Aleanna Belmarez, were found in a canal off Oyster Creek Road in Swan Quarter.

The Fire Chief tells WITN Sadler was the postmaster of Swan Quarter.

The Highway Patrol says the woman's car was southbound and ran off the right side of the road in a left hand curve and went into the canal.

Just before 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning Hyde County Emergency Services Director Jared Holz says he was called out to Oyster Creek Road. That's where a passerby noticed skid marks in the road leading into a canal and a car antenna sticking up from in the water.

Holz says divers went in and discovered Sadler and Belmarez still in the vehicle.

Just before 3:00 a.m. the four-door passenger car was pulled from the water. Holz says the family was notified and were on scene.

Family members had reported the two missing around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

A crisis team was brought in for family and for the rescue crews that responded to the call.

Holz says every crew member knew the victims.


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