Body Found in Little Tennessee River

Body Found Little Tennessee River – Body found – Cause of Death –¬†Missing Macon County woman found dead in Little Tennessee River

According to report a body was discovered on Monday and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office announced that the body was identified as a missing woman who they were searching for.

The Deputies located the deceased female in the Little Tennessee River.

According to deputies, they believe the victim is Ricki Ortega-Cooney, a woman who was reportedly missing.

Officials said the body was found about a mile downstream from where they discovered her vehicle on Sunday.

Chief Rholletter and Otto Fire & Rescue helped deputies recover the body on Monday.

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch and an agent from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were also at the scene.

According to authorities, there is an ongoing criminal investigation into this incident.