Marion County Sheriff: Female's identity still a mystery

A boater discovered a woman's body in the Mississippi River south of Hannibal Sunday.

The identity of a female found floating in the Mississippi River near Hannibal last month remains a mystery.

Her body was recovered from the water, just south of Continental Cement, on Sunday, Sept.15. The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case as a homicide.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has added "Jane Hannibal Doe 2013" to its Website.

Police released photos of the female's clothing and jewelry, but no one has come forward to claim her.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says an anthropologist is meeting with the Boone County Examiner's Office Tuesday to help determine her race. Scientists are also working on facial reconstruction which is expected to take about a month to complete.

Shinn says the woman was between 15 and 30-years-old and approximately 5-foot-3-inches tall, weighing 135 lbs. She had dark brown or black hair. She was found clothed in an extra-large, multi-colored striped short-sleeved shirt and Ariya brand blue jeans, size 13/14. The female was also in possession of a decorative ring.

It could still take several weeks until we learn further details and Shinn says that her DNA has been entered into databases across the country.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the MSP at 660-385-2132 or the Marion County Sheriff's Department at 573-769-2077.