Body found floating in creek near Pinckneyville

By Heartland News

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Perry County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a female Sunday.

A fisherman reported a body floating in the Beaucoup Creek to the Perry County Sheriff's Office at 5 p.m.

The caller said he was on Cudgetown Road just south of Pinckneyville at the Beaucoup Creek bridge.

Perry County Coroner Paul Searby pronounced the person dead at 5:30 p.m.

Investigators stayed pretty tight-lipped about the victim's identity Monday.

Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman says it is a young white female, but he says the condition of the body is making it difficult to positively i.d. her.

Kellerman says two fisherman found the body Sunday evening in Beaucoup Creek, in rural Perry County.

Deputies closed off Cudgetown Road in both directions as investigators worked.

They returned with members of the Rend Lake Search and Rescue Association.

"The water is murky and it's easier for them to go down and feel around in the water instead of us," Kellerman said.

Kellerman says the elements have taken a toll on the body.

The recent heat and the water caused the body to decompose.  That made conducting an autopsy difficult.

The autopsy lasted three hours.  Those results have not been released.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene, Perry County Coroner's Office, DuQuoin and Pinckneyville Police are assisting the Perry County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

The Pinckneyville Fire Department helped recover the body.

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