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Police pull woman’s body from Rock River

Ogle County coroner plans autopsy today

Published: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Earleen Hinton/Shaw Media News Service)
Ogle County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Pennington and the Gary Cortese, Byron Fire Department chaplain, watch as a body found in the Rock River south of Byron is recovered and brought to the coroner's van Friday afternoon.

BYRON – The body of an unidentified woman was recovered Friday afternoon from the Rock River in northern Ogle County.

Officials would not say whether the body was that of a woman who has been missing from Machesney Park since Oct. 22.

However, four Winnebago County police detectives were on the scene of the recovery to confer with Ogle County officials.

Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said he could not release further details.

“We’ll have more information after the autopsy is performed,” he said.

Ogle County Coroner Louis Finch said the autopsy was scheduled for Saturday morning.

Harn said the body, which was mostly submerged in the river, had caught on a large log several yards from the shoreline, about a mile south of Byron.

The body was clothed and had begun to decompose, the sheriff said.

An off-duty Byron firefighter who was fishing in the area saw the body and called 911 around 12:30 p.m., Harn said.

Divers from the Byron Fire Department recovered the body.

“They walked out there,” Harn said. “The water is only waist-deep.”

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