Work continues to identify woman from river

CHESTER – A woman whose body was found in the Ohio River on Wednesday has been taken to Charleston for positive identification, officials said.

Preliminary identification of the woman was made through personal items located at the time of the recovery, Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

But the sheriff’s office is not releasing the woman’s name until she has been positively identified and her family has been notified, Fletcher said.

At 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, the Hancock County 911 Dispatch Center received a report from East Liverpool police of a body found near the East Liverpool dry docks. Hancock County sheriff’s deputies and Chester police were dispatched.

The body apparently had been seen floating in the river by workers at the dry dock facility, which is just downriver from the Jennings Randolph Bridge.

The Chester Volunteer Fire Department was called and deployed two boats for the recovery operation. From a staging area at the Chester City Park boat ramp, the body was taken to Weirton Medical Center, then to the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston.

“We’re waiting for them to make a positive identification for us with different types of records,” said Hancock County Medical Examiner Dezso Polgar.