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Missing woman's body found in Bogue Chitto River

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FOX 8 News received this news release from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon:

The afternoon of January 17, 2013, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a missing adult female in the Isabel area. Detective Terry Harris was assigned to the case and was unable to locate the missing person on that day.

The following day, January 18, 2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m., another call was received that the body of an adult female had been discovered in the backwaters of the Bogue Chitto River near Isabel, in an area accessible only by boat due to flooding in the area. Sheriff's Office deputies, detectives and boats were dispatched to the area.

At 12:23 p.m., the body of Tiffany Clute, 31, was recovered by Sheriff's Office personnel. Ms. Clute was a resident of Wisconsin who had been living in Washington Parish near the Bogue Chitto River for the past few months. The body was turned over to the Washington Parish Coroner's Office. An autopsy will be performed.

At this time, the death is considered to be an apparent drowning; however, an investigation has begun and will be ongoing until the issue is resolved. Sheriff's Office detectives believe that the body recovered on January 18 is that of the person reported missing on January 17. The Sheriff's Office is trying to determine why Ms. Clute was in Washington Parish and how she ended up in the river.

Sheriff Randy Seal, who was on the scene in the Isabel community, stated, "This is the second time in two weeks that your Sheriff's Office has responded to incidents involving parish rivers. The first occurred last week on the Pearl River and resulted in the rescue of two young duck hunters. Unfortunately, the victim this week did not survive. It is always tragic when a life is lost. I caution all parish residents to be very careful in and around our rivers and streams, especially during times of high water."

Chief Deputy Mike Haley was quick to praise the actions of Sheriff's Office personnel. "Sheriff's Office personnel face great danger in rescue and recovery missions like we have experienced during the last couple of weeks. Although they are well trained for such duty, it is always dangerous to be on the water when levels are as high as they have been recently. Sheriff Seal and I commend all Sheriff's Office personnel for their brave actions. Washington Parish is fortunate to have such fine men and women serving and protecting them."

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