AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - After completing an autopsy on the body found Sunday in the DeKalb County Cedar Creek, Auburn police have identified the woman as 26-year-old Jennifer Mullins. Mullins was an Auburn resident.
Police were able to identify Mullins by analysis of a fingerprint taken during the autopsy. Police then located the woman's family in order for the coroner to notify them. Mullins was reported missing by an acquaintance in late November of 2009.
Mullins, a white female, about 5'10", had a visible butterfly tattoo on her stomach and a partial tattoo on her right ankle.
Auburn police say a person was walking along Cedar Creek, near the DeKalb County 4-H fairgrounds, around 4:45 p.m. Sunday when he saw the body caught in branches in the water.
Police arrived on the scene and called Indiana conservation officers to help recover the remains.
“It kind of slows us up a little bit because until we can have some type of absolute proof as to who this person is before we can even find out how they ended up in the creek,” Lt. Mark Stump with the Auburn Police Department said. “What point they ended up and is it someone from here in town or is it someone from out north who just happen to float to that point?”
“It's awful, it's just awful,” Beatrice Goings who lives near the fairgrounds said. “I just can't believe that it's here in Auburn. Hopefully it's not a murder or something, you know.”
The Indiana State Police Regional Laboratory assisted the Auburn Police Department with the identification of Ms. Mullins.
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