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Many questions, few answers in wake of Fairway woman's death

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Anousha Shirazi, center, with her father, Ali Shirazi, and her sister, Isabella Shirazi. Anousha Shirazi, center, with her father, Ali Shirazi, and her sister, Isabella Shirazi.
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

One may never know what caused a 20-year-old Fairway woman to veer off the highway and into a creek.

One thing really troubling the young woman's family is that they can't piece together why she was in far southern Johnson County and what made her drive off U.S. Highway 69 into Blue River.

Anousha Shirazi's cousins will never forget her infectious laugh.

The Shawnee Mission East graduate and Johnson County Community College student would have turned 21 next month.

"She had a really sweet side to her, and she would do anything for you," Shirazi's cousin, Rachel English, said.

For Shirazi's other cousin, Cailin Norris, she feels it is always hard when people don't get a chance to say goodbye.

A sudden death at such a young age is always particularly hard.

"I just hope she knows how much I loved her and how much I cared about her," Shirazi's best friend, Katie Sanford, said.

But Shirazi's death brings yet another troubling unknown.

"What happened? Why was she out there," Sanford said.

A trooper spotted signs of the single-car wreck Sunday afternoon - signs that suggested Shirazi's 2004 Volkswagen Passat had been underwater for hours.

Accident investigators were able to tell that her car was heading was south on U.S. 69, drifted into the median at 167th Street, hit a guard rail and then flipped over, landing on its top in the Blue River.

Shirazi was not wearing a seat belt, according to a crash report.

What they don't know is why her car drifted and where she was headed at the time or even when it happened.

"It's very strange for her to be out there without any of us knowing where she's going. I don't even know if she had friends out that way," English said.

Sanford said the pieces aren't fitting together.

"That is probably the hardest part is not having those questions answered," she said.

The last piece they can find was at about midnight Saturday, when Shirazi called her mom from a friend's house, a house that was nowhere near the crash site.

"She accidentally called her house phone and it rang twice, and my aunt answered.  She didn't hear anything, so she called her right back.  She was like, 'Is everything OK?' And she was like, 'Yeah, I'm fine. I didn't mean to call.' And so that was the last that she talked to her," Norris said.

Sanford is hoping some of those answers will come together.  She is asking others that if they have any information that could help with those answers to call the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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