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Missing Seymour, Ind., woman found dead in crashed SUV

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JENNINGS COUNTY, In. (WDRB) - Indiana State Police found a missing 37-year-old woman and her boyfriend in a crashed SUV Tuesday evening.

ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said police responded to a report of a crash Tuesday after 5:00 p.m., when a call came in that an injured man was on the side of the road. Wheeles said the SUV crashed along the 8600 block of east US 50 near the Jennings-Ripley County line sometime Saturday afternoon.

Inside the vehicle, troopers found the body of 37-year-old Nikki Reed.

"For Miss Reed's family, it's heartbreaking for them," said Wheeles. "I can't imagine what they're going through."

Police believe 39-year-old Kevin Bell, Reed's boyfriend, was in the SUV for three days before he could crawl out to get help. The two crashed Saturday on their way back from Pennsylvania. Troopers say Reed died at the scene. Wheeles said the SUV made a hard impact with the tree. Bell suffered injuries to his legs.

Bell was driving when he lost control of the SUV and crashed into trees well off the road. The crash scene wasn't visible from the road. 

ISP says he was trapped in the SUV for three days with Reed's body. It wasn't until Monday evening, that Bell was able to crawl to the road and get help. 

"It has to be a tough situation for him being in a crash and have someone you're traveling with suffer those types of injuries and die as a result of them," said Wheeles. "It's got to be hard for him."

Bell and Reed were traveling back from Pennsylvania Saturday when their families reported them missing. Family members say Reed went to Pennsylvania to pick up her boyfriend Bell.

The two were last heard from Saturday. 

"It's a tragic circumstances for that family to have to deal with not knowing what happened to their loved ones," said Wheeles. "And it's definitely not the outcome they wanted. I know it had to be heartbreaking for them what they're going through at this time."

Bell is expected to survive his injuries. A person was called to the scene to reconstruct it for the investigation. Wheeles said this will help determine what speed Bell was driving and if that was a factor. Bell also had to have a blood test, as is standard procedure for all fatal crashes, to see if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. Wheeles said detectives are also looking into where Bell's cell phone was during the crash. 

"We want to make sure that he did do everything that he should have done in that situation, that he called us to get help as soon as he possibly could," said Wheeles.

Indiana State Police is still investigating the cause of the crash. Wheeles said the autopsy on Reed was completed Wednesday.

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