ST. GEORGE — Authorities are investigating the scene where a body was found Saturday morning near the Santa Clara River in St. George.
A man was on his morning walk when he found the body and called police, the St. George Police Department said in a statement.
Officers were dispatched to the incident at the river near 1545 S. Dixie Drive at approximately 7:39 a.m., police said.
Detectives are actively working the scene to determine the identity of the deceased individual and to secure evidence.
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“We are currently working to identify her,” St. George Police spokeswoman Lona Trombley said, ” … and then from that point before we can release that information we’ll have to speak to family first.”
Trombley did confirm that the body was that of an adult woman.
The body was visible along a wash, Trombley said, where there was not a lot of water – it was not submerged.
Search and rescue crews along with cadaver dogs joined the investigation Saturday morning to help police gather evidence, Trombley said.
“We believe that she was washed downstream within the past few days and they are working to locate any evidence …,” she said, noting authorities do not yet have exact information on timing.
“All investigations such as this, we look at as worst case scenario until we determine that it is not,” Trombley said, adding that the approach is one of respect for the individual and their families.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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St. George News reporter Kimberly Scott contributed to this report.
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