Authorities find body of missing Alton woman
Authorities found the body of a missing Alton woman Tuesday morning near Horseshoe Lake in Madison County.
Adria Jean Hatten, 39, was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Wood River on the morning of Jan. 20. She was reported missing the next day.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday that a body was found around Horseshoe Lake near Bend Road, tentatively identified as Hatten from her tattoos.
“Right now we are still investigating what led to her being out here and what caused her death,” Major Jeff Connor said during a press conference.
Her car, a white 2013 Ford Focus, was found Jan. 23 abandoned and stuck in a muddy field off Big Bend Road in Madison.
Hatten’s body was spotted from the air by the crew of an Illinois State Police air patrol unit. Connor said at the time, searchers were only 50 feet away from where Hatten’s body lay. In previous days, the search had concentrated around her abandoned car, but the body was found 1.46 miles away — and she could not have walked there in a straight line, so Hatten would have walked much farther.
There was no activity on Hatten’s phone or social media after Sunday and the phone was found in the abandoned car, Connor said.
“Everything indicates that she was by herself,” Connor said.
Connor said there are no indicators of foul play, and from the evidence, it would appear that Hatten was alone that night. But he said given the circumstances, her death is considered suspicious, and “we are not going to rule out anything.”
Her body was found near the lake, but not in the water, he said. There is still no clue why Hatten would be in the area, which is fairly remote agricultural land surrounding Horseshoe Lake and adjacent to a state park.
Connor said several regional agencies searched thousands of acres looking for Hatten during the 10 days she was missing.
“Obviously this is not the outcome we had hoped for,” Connor said. “It’s a tragic event for the family.”
On Saturday morning, volunteer search crews found a prescription pill bottle with Hatten’s name on it in the woods, about 300 feet away from the vehicle, according to Capt. Mike Dixon with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Connor declined to say what kind of pills were in the bottle.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, which may provide some answers, Connor said. However, as the investigation is ongoing, he said they were “very interested” in speaking with anyone who saw Hatten on the night of Jan. 23.