Woman’s body recovered at Martin County bridge

Herald Staff Writer

SHOALS — The body of a Shoals woman reported missing early this month was found Sunday in the East Fork of the White River, near the Houghton Bridge between Loogootee and Shoals.

Foul play is not suspected in the apparent drowning of Christine Wright, 41, of Shoals, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department in Martin County was contacted the night of Wednesday, April 2, about Wright being missing. Family members said they last saw her at 1:30 p.m. that day leaving her residence.

Authorities who began an active missing person’s case followed leads and searched the area where Wright was last seen. They also entered missing person information into the Indiana Data and Communications System and federally run National Crime Information Center computer systems.

At 10:27 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s department received a 911 call about a body that had been located in the East Fork of the White River just south of Houghton Bridge. A sheriff’s deputy and a Loogootee Police Department officer responded, met with the individual who called and were taken by boat to the area. Indiana conservation officers were contacted for assistance in recovering the body.

Authorities confirmed the body was that of Wright. An autopsy concluded the cause of death was consistent with that of drowning. Authorities said a manner of death will be determined at a later date.

The Martin County Coroner’s Office, the Shoals town marshal and the Martin County Ambulance Service also assisted.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.

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