April 28, a Highland U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, Ginger Hall, noticed an accumulation of mail and packages at 78 Ridgecrest in Hidden Valley. She called Highland Police Chief Bea Sharp to perform a welfare check on the resident.
When Bea Sharp arrived at the house of 79 year old Delores Covollo she yelled and pushed the unlocked door open to look inside. Sharp said other than an unmade bed, nothing looked unusual. When she did not get a response, Sharp began to check the yard and surrounding area calling for Covollo. She then noticed what appeared to be a female body floating in the lake behind the residence, at which time she called for assistance from Sharp County Detective Sergeants Mark Counts and Ken Guidry.
The investigators and Coroner Renee Circle and Deputy Coroner Nathan Circle removed the body from the lake. At this time the body was identified by pictures from the residence.
Det. Guidry contacted the family who said that Covollo had been in good heath with the exception of being treated for high blood pressure. The body was sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy, as is required with any unattended death. The results from the crime lab were returned May 1 with cause of death being drowning.