Sheriff’s office asks for help identifying body found in Tennessee River based on clothing, tattoos

UPDATE: The Madison County Sheriff's office has identified the body, thanks to your help. Click for info.

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- The Madison County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a body discovered by the Tennessee River on Wednesday.

Authorities say the victim appeared to be a 30- or 40-year-old white woman, but they can not be too sure of her age. They described her as being 5'1" tall and weighing about 110 pounds.

She was found wearing black size seven boots, size medium Zebra jeggings, and a size medium red t-shirt with white writing “I’m Still Killin’ It”. She had on a fleece style jacket and her hair is short to medium hair length authorities believe to be brown in color.

During an autopsy, they discovered the woman has two distinguishing tattoos. The first tattoo was located on the underside of the left inner wrist that says “Love” with a red heart on the end. The second tattoo was on the inside of the inner right forearm of what is believed to be a Treble Clef.

The body has been taken to the Department of Forensic Science to determine the cause of death and any recognizable marks to help identify her. Authorities have not been able to match the recovered body with any missing person reports.

Meanwhile, deputies say they have confidence that you can help them figure out who she is.

"Just to be honest with you, we are relying on the public to help us," said Captain Michael Salomonsky of the Madison County Sheriff's Office. "Somewhere, she has a mom. She has a dad, or relatives, who are wanting to know where their baby is. Or their mom."

He said it is too soon to determine if the woman's death is suspicious. They are still working to find out her cause of death, but her identification is the first priority.

"What we are trying to do is identify her first," said Salomonsky, "and then what we'll do is we'll go back historically and put her life together to find out how she came to be where we found her."

Anyone with information regarding the identification of the victim is asked to contact Inv. Parton (256) 533-8864. Information can also be given to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Communication Division at the non-emergency number at (256) 722-7181.