A woman found dead in a Prosser backyard water storage basin was identified Thursday as Debra Harris.
An autopsy is planned Friday for the 63-year-old Prosser woman, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.
Police and emergency medical crews found Harris unresponsive in the water at the home on the 100 block of Highway 22 at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Prosser police said. She could not be revived.
The storage basin held water that could be hauled inside the house, where reportedly there was no running water, said sources close to the investigation.
Officers are investigating if Harris fell while trying to get water, suffered a medical condition or if something else happened.
Investigators apparently were initially told that Harris was going to collect some water with a bucket and was found unconscious in a foot of water less than an hour later.
Officers have questioned some people who had contact with her that day. At least one person is in the Benton County jail on an investigative hold for meth possession and residential burglary. It’s unclear if that is related to the death investigation.
Property records show the four-bedroom house is valued at $224,000 and is owned by an elderly Prosser woman, who isn’t related to Harris. Police have said Harris did not live there.
Prosser police refused Thursday to release any new information about the case.