Autopsy results for Emma Sweet expected to take four to six weeks

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Autopsy results for 2-year-old Emma Sweet are expected to take around four to six weeks, the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office said Monday.

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting ordered a forensic autopsy in the case after Sweet’s body was found in the East Fork White River at about 11 a.m. Sunday by a firefighter who was walking the riverbank.

The autopsy was conducted Monday afternoon at Columbus Regional Hospital, where the girl’s body was taken after Indiana State Police divers removed it from a debris field in the river on Sunday. A forensic autopsy commonly includes toxicology testing, which can take four to six weeks.

Investigators said a firefighter walking the riverbank on Sunday saw her in the water and called for divers and a boat.

An investigation continued Monday as to how a Ford F-150 truck belonging to Emma’s father, Jeremy Sweet, 39, went off a 15- to 20-foot embankment west of Beatty Lane into the river, and was found by duck hunters at 6 a.m. Friday morning with Sweet shirtless and semi-conscious inside the vehicle.

Emma and her father were last seen in the truck at noon Wednesday, but were not reported missing by family members until Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, investigators said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.