Further information on missing Cairo woman available

Sandra Farris, photo provided by family
Sandra Farris, photo provided by family

A body found in the Ohio River near Paducah Ky. the morning of April 24 has been identified by family as that of Sandra Farris. Farris went missing March 28 after taking a walk around St. Mary’s Park in Cairo.

Detective Tim Reed with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department said Farris’ body was identified through the McCracken County Coroner’s office, the medical examiner’s office in Madisonville, Ky., the Cairo Police Dept. and Farris’ family.

He said his office does not suspect foul play.

“The medical examiner’s office did not find any trauma to Ms. Farris’ body,” Reed said. Reed said his office has yet to receive an official cause of death.

Reed said there are still big questions that need to be answered.

“Just the fact that she was found in the river does not really explain it,” Reed said. “We’ve got the beginning, she left the house to go for a walk, and we’ve got the end, she was recovered, deceased, from the river.” Reed said what happened in between is still a mystery.

Because Farris went missing in Cairo, where the Ohio River ends, one big question is how Farris managed to be found up stream in the river. Reed said there are two possible answers to this: She went into one of the rivers around Cairo and was carried upstream by a barge. Reed said another explanation could that she got in or was put in a car and was taken North of Paducah and put in the river.

Cairo Police Officer Jody Benbrook said Farris’ case is closed in Cairo. He said the investigation will now be handled by investigators in Ky.

The Cairo Citizen is following this story and will post updates as they are received.