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Forensic evidence 'critical' in marina body case

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Investigators said on Monday that the body had been in the water for an extended period. Investigators said on Monday that the body had been in the water for an extended period.
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity of a woman found dead in a marina.

The body was discovered Monday afternoon at the Steenson Hollow Marina off Tennessee River Drive in Muscle Shoals. Officials said the condition of the body has made the case extremely difficult.

Investigators said she appeared to have been in the water for an extended period of time and that they must now rely on forensic evidence to get a positive ID.

A completed autopsy report is critical in this case, according to investigators. Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May said when crews pulled the body from the water they saw no obvious signs of foul play. May said the woman somehow ended up in the water, and they owe it to the victim and her family to figure out why and how.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to search for possible answers. "We're talking to family and friends of the young lady that's missing in Florence, getting anything that we can forward to forensics for identification purposes – where she may have been seen last, who she might have been with, and talking to other agencies who may have missing persons that are not local," said May.

The victim's body remains at the Department of Forensics in Huntsville.

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