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Body of woman pulled from vehicle in East St. Louis lake ID’d as missing postal worker

Melanie Renee Tally
Melanie Renee Tally

The badly decomposed body of a woman found in a vehicle in an East St. Louis lake has been identified as a missing St. Louis postal worker.

Melanie Renee Tally, 49, was reported missing in late April. Her body was recovered by divers and other emergency responders Sunday morning in the lake near the golf course at Frank Holten State Park.

East St. Louis Police Capt. Bobby Cole said police received a call about a body being pulled from the lake at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

“The body was badly decomposed,” said Calvin Dye Sr., St. Clair County coroner. “It appears to have been there a while.”

Tally was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. Sunday by the St. Clair County Coroner’s office, Dye said.

An autopsy is set for Monday. Tally was driving a white 2008 Dodge Avenger, and she was not wearing a seat belt.

Tally’s daughter told police when she reported her mother missing that Tally had been battling depression and had been experiencing some suicidal thoughts. She had last been seen April 23 at her job at the U.S. Postal Service.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503