NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, February 15, 2016, 3:33 PM
Two young parents in Michigan were found dead in a car that crashed into an ice-cold creek Sunday morning — one day after they disappeared, setting off a desperate search effort.
Autumn Chantell Mehl, 29, was found in her car along with Steven William Rough, 26, in Niles, WNDU reported. The white Toyota Camry was turned upside-down in the Brandywine Creek, and needed to be pulled out by tow trucks.
Mehl and Rough, whose connection is unclear, were last seen leaving Jay’s Lounge in Niles together around 2 a.m. Saturday, when the roads were slick and snowy.
Before the bodies were discovered, friends of Mehl and Rough banded together to search for them in the early morning hours Sunday.
“We met here at the YMCA about 7 o’clock this morning and got together with a bunch of people and drove around,” Mehl’s friend Amber Walker told WSBT.
“Any leads that we could get or any information we could get, we followed them.”
One of the volunteer searchers stumbled upon the submerged car around 9 a.m. and called police, according to authorities.
The cause of the crash and the deaths have not been disclosed. Police said foul play is not suspected, and autopsies and toxicology tests are planned for Mehl and Rough.
Rough leaves behind a 1-year-old son. He worked as a driver at a building supplies company, according to his Facebook.
Friends of Mehl told the South Bend Tribune she had several children, ranging in age from 5 to 8. Mehl worked at a Zumba instructor at the same YMCA where her fearful friends met to organize a search.
Friends of both victims gathered at that YMCA Sunday night for a candlelight vigil honoring the loved ones they lost.