Autopsy Identifies Female Body as 31-Year-Old Pekin Woman

Autopsy Identifies Female Body as 31-Year-Old Pekin Woman

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Police recovered the body of a 31-year-old Pekin woman from Blue River Saturday afternoon. Authorities believe she had been in the river for three days (since last Thursday) and did not show any signs of drowning.

An autopsy on Sunday morning identified the female as Christina E. Collins, 31, from East Noland Road in Pekin, IN.

The autopsy showed no signs of a struggle, drowning or trauma and a cause of death has not yet been determined. 

Investigators believe Collins had been deceased and in the water since Thursday evening of May 17th.

Police say a toxicology report is pending and could take up to six weeks to be completed.

With the findings in the investigation so far, detectives do not believe foul play is involved.

It was determined the last person in possession of the vehicle located at the scene was Collins.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin, Saturday afternoon shortly after 4:00 pm, two men were riding four wheelers near Blue River in Washington County when they noticed a deceased female in the Blue River.

Goodin said they also noticed a vehicle close to where the body was located parked on the bank of the river.

Washington County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to the area and set up a crime scene.

Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg were then requested to assist in the investigation.

The location was approximately one half of a mile west of South Bowers Knob Road, near Pekin. 

The investigation is continuing.