Woman pulled from river identified

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Gazette staff
Monday, December 2, 2013

JANESVILLE—The Janesville woman who died after being pulled from the Rock River on Sunday has been identified as Shirley Gorman, 68.

Chief Deputy Coroner Louis Smit released the name Monday morning after reaching next of kin.

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 Gorman was pulled from the river.

Gorman was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center but was not immediately pronounced dead.

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.

Police said they believe she jumped into the river trying to kill herself.

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