Autopsy on Monday for female found in S. Umpqua River

Autopsy on Monday for female found in S. Umpqua River
The body of an unknown female adult was found near this boat ramp in the South Umpqua River on Friday.

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Authorities are still investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the South Umpqua River last week.

A fisherman was in the area of the boat ramp at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, when they noticed human remains in the water.

Lt. Chris Merrifield of the Douglas County Sheriff's office says they had to schedule an autopsy to help identify the woman. "She was in the water for, we think, at least a couple weeks, because the body was decomposed to the point where we're not able to make identification," he said.

Merrifield says an autopsy could help distinguish cause of death and possibly provide an identification.

But, it could take a long time for the results. "The actual autopsy part takes several hours, but then you have all of these lab results and toxicology that could take several months," he said.

If you have any information or think you may know who this woman is, you're urged to contact the Sheriff's office at 541-440-4451.