UPDATE: Unofficial sources say Donna Hill’s car has been found. No other details available. An member of the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department is in Tennessee working to wrap up the case.
CORINTH – Authorities on Monday were trying to find the missing rental car being driven by a Tennessee woman whose body was found in the Tuscumbia River.
The woman has been identified as Donna Hill, 50, of Ramer, Tenn., said Alcorn County sheriff’s Investigator Jerry Rogers. Her body was found in the river in Alcorn County on Sunday.
Finding the rental car, Rogers said, is a priority in trying to find out what happened to Hill.
The vehicle is described as a white 2009 Nissan Sentra with Georgia plates – BVI 3087.
Authorities have not determined a cause of death, and the autopsy report is not due until later this week, Rogers said. However, foul play is suspected.
“The missing vehicle is a red flag,” he said.
Hill was last heard from about 9:30 a.m. Thursday when she spoke with a family member on the telephone, Rogers said. She had not been reported missing to any law enforcement authorities before her body was found.
A deer hunter discovered Hill’s body about noon Sunday floating in the Tuscumbia River and reported it to 911. The location is off Alcorn County Road 750, about three miles north of a state Wildlife Management boat ramp.
It has not been possible to determine where Hill’s body went into the river, and Rogers said he was trying to begin an aerial search. Meanwhile, all available local law enforcement personnel were conducting a ground search of the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (662) 286-5521. The McNairy County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office also is helping with the investigation and can be reached at (732) 645-1004.
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