“The dynamics of the flood water there made for quite an extensive search,” said Kellner. “The weather conditions also complicated the recovery. The extremely cold weather coupled with the extended high water made it more difficult. We have had officers launching boats into the river to search it for the last several weeks. There were others who came in and worked on foot going through the debris.”
Besides conservation officers, the Daviess County and Pike County coroners’ offices assisted with the recovery along with Jefferson Township Volunteer firefighters and Indiana State Police. Throughout the long search process volunteers and members of the Pike County and Daviess County sheriff’s departments also helped.
An autopsy on Saturday confirmed the cause of death as drowning.
“In cases like this the real tragedy is the loss of life,” said Kellner.
“Finding her is a relief. We wanted Catie found for the family and we wanted to do all we could to get that done. When a loved one passes you have things you have to do to move on. Everybody, emergency personnel and volunteers and the neighbors stayed with this until they found her.”