Coroner: Body found in St. Joe River is missing SB woman

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South Bend, Ind. The St. Joseph County Coroner's Office has confirmed that the body found Friday in the St. Joseph River is that of 25-year-old Yolanda Anderson, missing since Tuesday.

Around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Indiana Conservation Officers located the body just downstream from the LaSalle Street Bridge.

Those officers and the South Bend Fire Department recovered the body and turned it over to the Saint Joseph County Coroner.

The autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Lake County.

St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Chuck Hurley said there were no signs of trauma from a first observation, but the official cause of death will be released pending formal autopsy and toxicology results.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the search and recovery operation on the Saint Joseph River has been completed.

On early Tuesday morning, Yolanda Anderson was reportedly walking beside the river with some friends and family when she entered the water for an unknown reason.

One of the women with her told NewsCenter 16 Anderson got stuck in the current and, before they could help her, she'd been dragged north.

South Bend Fire’s water rescue team first responded to the 911 call around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and then the DNR was called in to assist.

Various crews have worked throughout the week to search large sections of the river, but they were unable to locate a body until Friday afternoon.

"Divers were not required the body was recovered in less than 1 foot of water," said Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd.

Officers say the body was found just upstream of the entrance of the East Race Waterway.

Investigators have not officially determined how Anderson ended up in the river.

"Indiana Conservation Officers are continuing to investigate," Boyd said. "Hopefully the autopsy and our continued investigation will reveal more details as to that. However, at this point no foul play is suspected."

To read our full story about Yolanda Anderson, click here.


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