GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) – Authorities announced Tuesday that the body of missing 39-year-old Adria Hatten has been found.
An aerial search crew discovered Hatten’s body near Horseshoe Lake about 9:30 a.m., authorities told reporters during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
A news release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found “in a secluded wooded area, inside Horseshoe Lake State Park.”
“The autopsy will give us a positive ID, but we have every reason to believe this is her,” according to Major Jeff Connor with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
He said searchers got a break and began looking in a different area near Horseshoe Lake Monday night.
“We recovered an article last night that led us in a different direction,” he said, without providing more details about the article itself other than that it was a piece of clothing. “The article was found about a mile and a half from where Hatten’s car had been found last week, right at the tip of the peninsula of the lake”.
A pill bottle that belonged to Hatten was found by searchers Saturday, and her car was found a week ago, abandoned in a muddy field off Big Ben Road in Madison.
Authorities say an article of clothing provided the break searchers needed to find the body, about a mile and a half from Hatten’s car.
Police are awaiting autopsy results before commenting on whether foul play is suspected.
Hatten was last seen leaving a friend’s Woodriver house the morning of Sunday, Jan. 21.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.