The investigation of a woman’s body that was found Sunday, Sept. 15, in the Mississippi River south of Hannibal, Mo., is being treated as a homicide, according to Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
On Monday, Sept. 16, an autopsy was performed on the body at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia, Mo.
Results of the examination are pending, Bernhardt said Monday, and the woman’s identity and age remained unknown.
On Monday, Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn reported, “we are investigating it together with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. We are on the riverfront south of Hannibal.
“We are looking for any type of clues,” Shinn said. “If anybody knows of any missing female, give us a call,” at (573) 769-2077.
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Bernhardt also requested the public report any information they may have regarding this investigation to the Missouri State Highway Patrol at (660) 385-2132.
Bernhardt reported that at approximately 1:45 p.m. Sunday, the Marion County 911 Center received a report of a body floating in the Mississippi River near Sawyers Creek in Marion County.
A marine operations trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Marion County Sheriff’s Department deputies, and Hannibal Fire Department personnel went to the area, he said.
At 2:15 p.m. they located the body of an unidentified female in the Mississippi River near Saverton, Mo.
Delmar Whittaker, whose friend discovered the body, explained it was partially on the Missouri shore south of Sawyer’s Creek.
At 5:30 p.m. Sunday Marion County Coroner Darrell McCoy reported the body was being taken to Columbia, Mo., for the autopsy.