2 months, 3 weeks ago Jim Dewey
Body was found Sunday south of Hannibal in the Mississippi
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn conducted a press conference Thursday afternoon on the riverfront in Hannibal, about 2 miles north of where a female body was found floating in the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon.
A public awareness bulletin was released asking for help in identifying the body based on available information.
According to the bulletin, the woman was about 5 feet 3 inches tall and 135 pounds but it is unknown whether she was African American or Caucasian. She was wearing an extra large pink, purple, navy, and yellow striped blouse, size 13/14 Ariya jeans and a ring.
Shinn said she was apparently in the river between 2 and 5 days and it is believed that she went into the water somewhere in the area. He does not believe the body came from anywhere up north.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 573-769-2077.
Shinn said he has activated the Major Case Squad in Northeast Missouri which brings together investigators from several agencies who will work solely on this case.
He said the squad members have walked and scoured the fields from the site where the body was found to the boat ramp in Hannibal in search of any clues or evidence that would help identify the woman and to put together evidence as to what happened to her. Several Hannibal residents noted the presence of helicopters flying south of Hannibal on Thursday and Shinn said they are part of the investigation. He said "We've got people in the air, we've got people in a boat, we've got people on land." Investigators have also boarded trains, and are on bridges looking for evidence as to where the "event" took place.
"Someone is missing her," Shinn said. He is hoping to get the word out to the right people so she can be identified.