Body recovered from river positively identified

July 18, 2013

GALLIPOLIS — The female body recovered from the Ohio River in the Point Pleasant area on Wednesday evening has positively been identified as Lisa L. Miller, according to an official with the Gallipolis Police Department.

Law enforcement and first responders from Ohio and West Virginia first reported on Wednesday that a body had been spotted in the middle of the Ohio River between 5:30 and 6 p.m. just above the Gallipolis City Park.

After the body, identified as a female, was recovered, it was immediately sent to the State Medical Examiners Office in Charleston for identification.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the police department announced that the body had been positively identified as Lisa Miller, a Gallipolis resident who was reported missing last Wednesday evening by her family.

Miller, 43, had reportedly been recently living on the Ohio riverbank alongside Riverside Drive in Gallipolis, and, after officers responded to the area last Wednesday, the found signs that led them to believe that Miller may have entered the river.

In the days that followed, the Gallipolis Police Department, with the aid of the Gallipolis Fire Department and Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, searched not only the river, but also areas that Miller was known to frequent.

They continued to follow leads about her disappeared up until Wednesday’s discovery.

As of last report, foul play is not believed to be a factor in this case.