Missing SC woman found dead at Savannah airport

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A body found in the economy parking lot of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on Wednesday has been positively identified as that of Sun City-Hilton Head resident Caroline Gibson.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the identification Friday following an autopsy. Police reports stated there was no trauma and the exact cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests, which could take a couple of months.

Norm and Trudy Fowler, Gibson’s parents, were notified early Friday afternoon by the Savannah-Chatham police department.

Gibson, 40, was last seen by her family at 8:30 a.m. April 26 and was reported missing that day. Her car, a two-door red Toyota Yaris, was found late Wednesday afternoon by someone who recognized it from media reports. An ID and purse found in the car belonged to Gibson, said police spokeswoman Gena Sullivan.

The car entered the parking lot at the airport on April 27.

Authorities from Beaufort and Jasper counties conducted air and land searches and were investigating the disappearance as a missing person case until Wednesday when the car and body were found.

Trudy Fowler said after Gibson was reported missing that her daughter left the home April 26, taking her purse, her medications, a bottle of water and her cellphone. Her family at the time said Gibson was under treatment for bipolar disorder.

She had been living with her parents in Sun City about four years,

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