Body found in river ID’d as missing woman

July 18, 2013

GALLIPOLIS — After more than a week of searching, officials with the Gallipolis Police Department announced on Thursday afternoon that the body found in the river near the Gallipolis City Park on Wednesday evening has been positively identified as that of a missing Gallipolis woman.

According to a release issued by the police department on Thursday, the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston, W.Va., has identified the female body found in the river on Wednesday evening as that of Lisa L. Miller, 43.

The police department was reportedly contacted at approximately 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 in regard to a possible body that had been spotted in the Ohio River just north of the icebreakers near the Gallipolis City Park.

After confirming that what had been spotted was, in fact, a body, officers contacted the Gallipolis Fire Department who responded with their rescue boat to retrieve the body.

Mason County law enforcement officials were also contacted as incidents that occur in the river are under the jurisdiction of West Virginia authorities.

With the aid of the Point Pleasant Fire Department, Gallipolis firefighters were able to bring the body to the shore on the West Virginia side of the river where it was turned over to the medical examiner’s office.

Miller, 43, was reported missing by her family members at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. According to reports, she had been living on the Ohio riverbank near Riverview Drive and Cruzet Avenue — side streets located just off of Eastern Avenue in Gallipolis.

After responding last Wednesday to the area where Miller had been residing, city police officers reportedly found signs that led them to believe that the missing woman may have entered the river.

Officers immediately began searching along the riverbank near where Miller had been residing, as well as at other locations she was known to frequent.

Soon after the search began, the police department requested the assistance of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and their patrol boat was launched and a search of the river began.

In the week that followed, officers continued to search the river with the assistance of both the sheriff’s office and Gallipolis Fire Department.

Prior to the discovery on Wednesday, the police department, with the help of tips and information gathered from the community, also followed all leads in an attempt to locate the missing woman.

According to the police department, after positively identifying the body as that of Miller on Thursday, the office of the medical examiner will now perform an autopsy.

The police department also reported that they will continue the investigation into Miller’s disappearance and the discovery of her body in the Ohio River.

“Both the Gallipolis Police Department and the West Virginia State Police have open investigations into the matter and are awaiting results of the autopsy, although no other action is expected at this time,” the statement from the police department reads.

Anyone with information in regard to this case is encouraged to contact the Gallipolis Police Department at (740) 446-1313.