Coroner's office officially IDs missing South Bend woman found in St. Joseph River


A river search lasting nearly four days ended sadlyFriday.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers announced they recovered a body that's been officially identified as 25-year-old Yolanda Anderson of South Bend.

St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Chuck Hurley confirmed the ID to WSBT.

Anderson's body was found in the St. Joseph River around11:30 a.m. Friday.

Jonathon Boyd, DNR Conservation Officer, says an officer was conducting a "surface search," without the help of SONAR technology, when he found the body just upstream from the entrance to East Race, on the east side of St. Joseph River.

Anderson's family has been notified.

An autopsy is planned sometime this weekend, which should toxicology reports, should help DNR authorities with their investigation, as they still do not know how Anderson ended up in the river to begin with. At least one witness claims Anderson jumped into the river, but others say she was swept into the river by its currents and couldn't get out.

The DNR says it does not suspect foul play at this time.

Boyd thanked his fellow officers and the South Bend Fire Department, who assisted the DNR in recovering the bodyFriday.

"Myself and the people behind me don't call a search off until we can provide closure to the family," Boyd says. "That's who we serve. We hope that this can help provide that to the family members of the missing person."

Anderson's cousin Tyrone Sims admits he and Anderson were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana just before she disappeared.