Investigators working to identify woman found in East Fork White River

Investigators are continuing the process of trying to identify a woman found in the East Fork White River by a kayaker early Wednesday afternoon.

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting said there are no signs of foul play in the woman’s death after an autopsy was performed at Columbus Regional Hospital following the recovery.

Nolting said he is waiting for toxicology results before issuing a cause and manner of death.

Facial recognition technology and fingerprints are being used to help identify the woman, Nolting said.

The coroner’s office described the woman as a middle-age white female who was found clothed, and her clothing did not indicate she had been kayaking or swimming.

No identification was found with the body, according to the coroner’s office.

Anyone with information about the woman’s identity is asked to call the Indiana DNR Dispatch Center at 812-837-9536.

Nolting and DNR investigators said it is unknown how long she had been in the river before she was found by a male kayaker on the East Fork White River, south of the boat ramp off of Water Street at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This is the second report of a body found in water in two days, according to first responders.

On Tuesday morning, Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies began an investigation into a male found dead in shallow water near a river bank at the Lowell fishing site. Investigators said it is a death by suicide and no foul play is suspected. An autopsy on the individual was completed Wednesday and cause of death is listed as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the coroner’s office said.

The two cases are believed to be completely separate, Nolting said.