Investigators work to identify female body found in White River


Picture from scene on February 13, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Authorities are trying to determine the identity of a woman whose body was found in the White River on the city’s south side Monday morning.

Investigators say two fishermen found the body shortly before noon in the 2900 block of South Harding Street. They say there’s no evidence on the bank to identify the adult woman.

“At this time the body will be transported to the coroner’s office who then will do an autopsy to figure out the cause of death,” said IMPD Ptl. Aaron Hamer. “The body was just barely in the water. IFD is obviously specialized in recovering bodies from the water, so their rescue squad came out and helped us recover the body.”

Hamer said the body did not appear to be greatly deteriorated.

“I believe they will probably be able to make an identification on who the person is, so our detectives will then begin to work and see if they can identify any females who are presently missing with our Missing Persons Unit. Then from there they will start to work with the coroner’s office to see if they can identify the individual based on prints and things like that,” Hamer said.

Last year a body was discovered in the White River just southwest of downtown Indianapolis but was so deteriorated that coroners could not determine the man’s cause of death.

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