Autopsy reveals missing Indianapolis woman drowned chasing dog

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Officials at the Columbus Police Department held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the case of the missing woman found dead Saturday morning.

An autopsy Monday revealed Watts drowned when she entered the Flatrock River in an attempt to rescue a dog.

Police say they received several reports of people saying they saw someone matching her description on the day she disappeared.

Watts was known for her love for animals.

She was reported missing Friday afternoon. Investigators had said that Watts was dropping off pets at a relative’s house and hadn’t been heard from since.

Her body was found early Saturday morning on a sandbar on the Flatrock River after a search was conducted.

Police found Watts’ car near the 2300 block of Riverside Drive in Columbus. The passenger door was open, the car’s hazard lights were blinking and the car engine was on idling. Watt’s cell phone and purse were inside the car when police found it. But police say there was no sign of struggle.

A timeline of her disappearance was released during the presser. Investigators said this investigation is like “a large puzzle.”

After discussing the case with witnesses, police believe Watts was trying to catch a small dog wearing a white dog named Ringo. Social media posts have circulated showing Ringo. Ringo’s body was found as well.

“We lost a very special person,” said Lt. Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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