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02/01/05

Police: Wilmington River Body Matches Lynch's Description

A marker in the water shows where the body was found. A marker in the water shows where the body was found.

Update: In a news conference this afternoon, authorities announced the results of the autopsy on the body found in the Wilmington River are consistent with an accidental drowning. Positive identification of the body will need to be established by dental records, though Det. Bill Buttersworth with Thunderbolt PD says the circumstantial evidence indicates it is the body of Cindy Lynch.

WTOC continues to follow this story and will have the latest tonight on THE News starting at 5pm.

Divers pulled a woman's body from the Wilmington River last night about 30 yards from the yacht owned by Cindy Lynch and her husband Chet. The body was recovered about 7:30pm. An autopsy is being performed today as police wait on positive identification, though the body matches Lynch's description.

Lynch was last seen on January 18 in Thunderbolt near her family's boat, the Wine Down. Since then, police have combed the water searching for her.

Thunderbolt police chief Steve Smith spoke with us this morning and showed us the area along the river where the body was found. He says there have been no other reports of missing women in the Thunderbolt area recently. The person found was a blonde women with black clothing and black high-heeled boots, which Chief Smith says fits the description of Cindy Lynch.

The question now: how did she end up in the water? "Very hard to tell," said Chief Smith. "Yes, certainly falling in is a distinct possibility. And it's also within the realm of possibility that somebody caused her to fall in, or put her in the water. So it's a puzzlement right now."

We'll have more on this story tonight on THE News at 5.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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