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Police: No foul play suspected in death of Indianapolis woman who was found near Columbus

Posted at 10:58 AM, Mar 04, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Detectives said Sunday night that they do not suspect foul play in the death of an Indianapolis woman whose body was found in the Flat Rock River near Columbus.

Police said Jacquelyn Watts’ body was found on a sandbar in the river around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The 33-year-old was reported missing by her family around 5 p.m. Friday. Shortly before that report, officers were called to the 2300 block of Riverside Drive for a suspicious vehicle that had been left running with the emergency lights on. Police were able to determine the car belonged to Watts.


Officers said Watts was in Columbus to drop off her dogs at her parents’ home.

Columbus police have not released any further details as to why they do not suspect foul play in Watts' death.  A press conference is scheduled for noon Monday. An autopsy on Watts' body is also scheduled for Monday.

Watts was a well-known animal activist and served on the board of directors of Indyclaw rescue, an animal rescue group founded in 2009.

Anyone with information about Watts disappearance should call Columbus police at (812) 379-1689.