Archive for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ottawa police release name of missing woman but withold further information

July 28, 2010

Police have identified the woman who went missing from her Ottawa home Monday morning and was linked to a woman’s body pulled from the Marais des Cygnes River.

But Ottawa police are waiting on an autopsy report about the cause of death and woman’s identification before releasing more information, said Dennis Butler, Ottawa’s police chief.

The woman reported missing was Sharon K. Burgoon, 63, Butler said. She was last seen by her husband at 6:30 a.m. Monday at their home in the 800 block of South Cedar Street.

Police have linked Burgoon to a report that came in at 8 a.m. Monday about a woman in the river just east of the Main Street bridge that leads into downtown Ottawa.

Rescue teams discovered a woman’s body downstream at 9:30 a.m.

On Monday Butler stopped short of saying Burgoon was the woman found in the river. He did acknowledge officers notified Burgoon’s family they found a woman’s body in the river and that they were no longer looking for Burgoon.

He said investigators are waiting on positive identification from the medical examiner that the woman found in the river was Burgoon.

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