Body of missing Mt. Pleasant woman recovered
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
The body of missing Mt. Pleasant woman, Teresa Ilene Bruegge, 45, has been found.
According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on March 13, the Hancock County, Ill. Sheriff’s Office was notified of a body in the Mississippi River north of Hamilton, Ill. The news release from the Hancock County, Ill. Sheriff’s Department said an anonymous citizen found the body floating in the river three miles north of Hamilton, Ill.
After autopsy proceedings on March 14, the body was positively identified as Bruegge. The preliminary autopsy results indicated Bruegge died due to drowning.
Bruegge had been reported missing to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 15, shortly after her vehicle was located in reference to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Faulkner’s Access, near Oakland Mills. The sheriff’s office had been investigating her missing person case since that time.
The area where Bruegge was found had not been previously searched. It is believed that the recent flooding caused the current to take the body to the location in which it was found.
“We searched from where her van was located at Faulkner’s Access down river for several miles, because in a situation where someone is presumed to have drowned or possibly drowned, they sink right away,” said Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee. “We formed a parameter of search that was relevant to the climate and the circumstances. Obviously with the flooding over the last few days, it moved her.”