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Autopsy shows no sign of foul play on body of missing Alton woman

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
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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

A missing woman from Alton died of environmental exposures, according to an autopsy done Wednesday.

Adria Jean Hatten went missing Jan. 21, and police found her body near Horseshoe Lake State Park on Tuesday, according to a news release sent out by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy concluded there were no signs of trauma leading to her death, and no evidence of violence or foul play was found.

Routine alcohol and drug studies will have to be done, however, before a final ruling on Hatten’s cause of death is made.

Hatten’s car was found abandoned in a muddy field, about a mile-and-a-half from where her body was found. Her body was spotted from the air by an Illinois State Police air patrol unit. Volunteer search crews found a prescription pill bottle Saturday morning with Hatten’s name on it, about 300 feet away from her car.

Her body was found near Horseshoe Lake, but not in the water. Police are unsure as to why Hatten was in that area, which is fairly remote land surrounding the lake next to the state park.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was still investigating Hatten’s death Wednesday. Police want to speak to anyone who saw Hatten the night of Jan. 23.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department and others search near Horseshoe Lake State Park for Adria Jean Hattan, who has been missing Jan. 21.

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