Body close to being ID’d

Published 12:18 am Tuesday, April 22, 2008

NATCHEZ — Local authorities are one step closer to identifying a woman floating in the river Saturday.

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Maj. Jody Waldrop said a body found in the Mississippi early Saturday evening has been “tentatively identified.”

Waldrop said woman’s fingerprints had a possible match from the Illinois area.

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But the name matching the prints is not one listed as missing, Waldrop said.

However, Waldrop said the name of the woman could not be given until her identity is verified.

Adams County Coroner James Lee said the body is that of a female of who was in her 30s or 40s.

Lee said there is a 70 percent chance the woman was black and likely weighed 200 pounds or more.

On Sunday an autopsy was performed in Jackson by the state pathologist.

Lee said the woman’s cause of death was consistent with drowning.

Lee said the woman’s body showed no signs of gunshots, stab wounds or lacerations.

Lee did say the woman had a scar consistent with the removal of the gall bladder or appendix.

But much about the woman is still a mystery.

Lee said it was still unknown how long the woman had been dead or where she came from.

“She could be from Tennessee or anywhere,” he said. “We just don’t know.”

On Saturday afternoon, a hunter checking on his camp found the woman’s body floating near the end of Carthage Point Road, said Charles Feltus, a member of the Adams County Search and Rescue Team.

Feltus said the body was approximately 1 mile inland.