Three days after a car with a body inside is pulled from the Rock River, the Winnebago County Coroner confirms the body is 25-year-old Emily Anderson of Loves Park.
Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says an examination last night by a forensic odontologist was able to positively identify the body as Anderson. An autopsy was also completed Tuesday, but the preliminary cause of death is pending further studies.
Hintz says Anderson's death is not suspicious, there are no indications of foul play and there is nothing to lead investigators to believe it was suicide.
On Monday, officials confirmed the car pulled out of the river was registered to Anderson.
Police say Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputies were called out to the 9800 block of Fantail Place in Roscoe around 4 p.m. Sunday on a report of a vehicle in the water. Someone swimming in the river saw a car antenna coming out of the water and called 911.
Divers from Harlem Roscoe Fire searched the water and discovered that it appeared the car was the same one that belonged to Emily Anderson, the Loves Park woman who had been missing since June 19. Loves Park Police detectives were then called to the scene.
Police say that after the car was removed from the water, it was discovered that a body was inside. Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says the body was badly decomposed.
The Loves Park woman was reported missing since June 19. The last place she was seen was Steak n Shake in Machesney Park around 2 a.m.
Anderson's death is under investigation by Loves Park Police Department.
Emily Anderson's family released the following statement Wednesday:
"My family deeply appreciates the community effort that was put fourth to find my sister. We wouldn't have been able to reach this point without this effort. We would like to deeply thank those who have gave their time to our family and helped search for our Emily. The list of thank you's for things that have been done for our family are endless.
At this point we need some privacy and seclusion to process the news of Emily's passing. Our family is devastated and broken; we will not let this break us. We will remember the good times to get us through these rough times. We still do not have many details and there are a lot of unanswered questions we have for the coroner and the police.
Emily has always said she was jealous of us older family members because we got more time with our deceased mother. We are taking comfort that they are reunited somewhere together and watching over us.
At this time if we could please have some privacy, once we have service and memorial details they will be released. Our family would like to welcome the community to celebrate Emily's life and her big heart."