A female body that was found face down in the Mississippi River over the weekend is now being treated as a homicide case.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a boater spotted a body in the water Sunday afternoon. Personnel responded to the area and at 2:15 p.m. located the body of an unidentified female in the Mississippi River near Saverton, Missouri.
An autopsy was performed on the body Monday in Columbia, Missouri.
"We will have to do some DNA, fingerprints, things of that nature to get a positive match of a person," Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said.
Shinn says due to the decomposition of the body, the identity and age of the female victim is hard to determine.
"With the water temperatures being warm and the location of the body it's very hard to tell that," Shinn said. "And, that's what we are trying to determine and we're hoping the autopsy will give us a little bit more definite time period as far as how long the body has been in the water, time of death, that sort of thing."
The results of the autopsy are still pending.
The public is asked to report any information they may have regarding this investigation to the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 660-385-2132, or the Marion County Sheriff's Department at 573-769-2077.
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