ORINDA -- A 92-year-old Orinda woman who was reported missing was found dead in her car at the bottom of a ravine, police said Sunday.

A passer-by called police at 12:52 p.m. Saturday to report that a car was in the ravine near Village Gate Road, said Lt. Darren Hobbs of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Authorities found Mary Farrelly Garvey dead inside the heavily damaged car, police said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it appears Garvey drove off the road, Hobbs said.

In a statement, family members said they last heard from Garvey on Thursday when she said she was going to a 7 p.m. memorial service at Santa Maria Church in Orinda. She never arrived, family members said.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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