Body of woman missing for 3 months found in Rock River

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The body found Sunday night in the Rock River near Roscoe, Ill. was confirmed as missing Loves Park woman Emily Anderson.

The Winnebago County Coroner said dental records positively identify the body as Anderson. He believed the body had been in the river for "some time." The coroner believed Emily was in the driver seat at the time of the accident and floated to the passenger seat of the car. There was no sign of struggle.

Anderson's car was found in the Rock River by a person swimming in the river who spotted the car's antenna.

The preliminary cause of death hasn't been determined yet.

Emily Anderson had been missing for more than three months.

A memorial lies near the area of where the vehicle was found.

Neighbors nearby said they are shocked about the findings.They are glad the case is moving forward and the family is getting answers in the missing persons case.

The river levels sits at a little less than four feet right now in northern Winnebago County. The remarkably dry weather has led to the lower levels which likely made it easier to discover the vehicle.

Here's a timeline highlighting how we got to this point.

June 19: Emily Anderson was first reported missing.

June 25: Local businesses raise enough for a $10,000 reward for Emily's safe return.

July 11: Whiskey's Roadhouse announces they are selling T-shirts with Anderson's picture on it.

August 23: Loves Park police hold a news conference announcing they have no new leads and are asking for the public's help.

October 8: Police find a car matching the description of Emily's car in the Rock River near Roscoe with an unidentified body in it.