UPDATE: Janesville woman found in river pronounced dead

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Frank Schultz
Sunday, December 1, 2013

JANESVILLE—A Janesville woman was pronounced dead after being pulled from a frigid Rock River on Sunday morning.

Emergency communications indicated that a couple walking near the Highway 11 bridge saw what they thought was a body at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

The Janesville Fire Department and Department of Natural Resources both put boats in the water, and the woman was pulled from the river.

The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center. She was not immediately pronounced dead.

Janesville police Sgt. Todd Kleisner said Sunday night that the woman's low body temperature gave hope that an attempt to revive her might work.

Chief Deputy Coroner Louis Smit said Sunday night that he did not yet have the name of next of kin, so he could not disclose the woman's name.

Soon after the call about the body in the river, Janesville police received a report of a woman who was distraught and missing.

She had been missing since about 7 a.m., said police Sgt. Brian Vaughn,

After the rescue, police searched river-access points for the woman's car and found it at River's Edge Bowl, 215 S. River St., Janesville.

Kleisner said investigators believe she jumped in the river at that point. They believe she was trying to kill herself.




Last updated: 11:59 am Sunday, December 1, 2013

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