WELLSVILLE, Ohio — The body found in the Ohio River Wednesday afternoon near the Kenney Marina has been determined to be a white female between the ages of 45 and 65, according to Hancock County Sheriff Mike White.
The badly decomposed body was found by two people preparing to fish and was pulled from the river by members of the Newell Fire Department, which took its river craft to the scene, White said Thursday.
New Cumberland Ambulance transported the body to Charleston, where an autopsy was performed, with White saying no cause of death has been determined.
He said the results of other tests are being awaited. Those tests could potentially offer clues to the woman’s identity and cause of death, but may not be finalized for four to six weeks.
White said he is hoping to do a regional broadcast for missing persons to see if anyone matching the victim’s description has been reported missing.
The sheriff was asked whether the body could be that of Karen Adams, a 54-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was last seen March 11, 2007, at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.
“That’s been quite awhile ago. There’s nothing to show a relationship between the two,” the sheriff said, but he added that won’t be discounted until all tests are returned.
Adams’ family said she was seen on video leaving the casino at 4:01 a.m. March 12 and neither she nor her car were found.
Wellsville Police were called to the scene by those who found the body at the shoreline on Wednesday, and they in turn contacted Hancock County, which has jurisdiction over river-related incidents.