Missing Loogootee Woman Found in White River

by Staff on March 24, 2011

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Wanda WarrenThe body found in a vehicle pulled from White River in Shoals was positively identified today as that of Wanda Warren, 57, Loogootee, who was last seen at her home February 25th.

Monday afternoon, investigators received a call from a Shoals resident who lives on the White River. While observing the river, he noticed an object matching the color of Wanda Warren’s missing vehicle.

Indiana Conservation Officers went out on the river and discovered that it was a purple car.  Due to the currents and time of day, however, they decided to wait until Tuesday to attempt a recovery.

Tuesday morning at approximately 11:45am, a Conservation officer went into the water and was able to hook a tow cable to the vehicle.  Craney’s Wrecker Service slowly winched the vehicle approximately 540′ to the Shoals boat ramp. Once at the ramp, investigators discovered the body of a female inside.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday evening and the Martin County Coroner’s Office decided to have a forensic dental comparison conducted to verify the identity of the body. This morning, the Martin County Coroner’s Office verified that the body in the car was, in fact, that of Wanda Mae Warren.

“This investigation was a cooperative effort amongst several agencies,” said Chief Kelly Rayhill of the Loogootee Police Department. “It is unfortunate that she was found like this but hopefully the family can now have some closure.”

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