Woman found dead in Sumner County creek

(Graphic: WKRN)

PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – Heavy rain in Sumner County may have caused the bank of a creek to give way on Saturday afternoon, leading to the death of a woman in her own backyard.

Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford told News 2 that Sandra Lamberth, 55, went outside of her home along Fowler Ford Road to empty a vacuum cleaner bag.

When she didn’t return, her family became worried. Lamberth was eventually found dead in the creek in her backyard.

Sheriff Weatherford said the death appeared to be accidental, but the investigation will continue.

No additional information was immediately released.