Preliminary autopsy report: Missing Iowa woman drowned

Posted: Mar. 13, 2013 10:15 pm Updated: Apr. 3, 2013 11:15 pm

UPDATE: Hancock County (Iowa) Sheriff Scott Bentzinger said Thursday that the preliminary autopsy report indicated that Teresa Bruegge's drowned. Additional toxiciology tests will be completed.


HAMILTON, Ill. — The body found floating in the Mississippi River in Hancock County on Wednesday has been identified as a missing Iowa woman.

Teresa Bruegge, 44, of Mount Pleasant, has been missing since Feb. 14. Her body was found around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, floating in the Mississippi about 3 1/2 miles north of Hamilton.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger did not know the cause of death. He said an autopsy is being performed today in Bloomington.

The Henry County (Iowa) Sheriff's Department has been searching for Bruegge since a conservation officer found a 1992 Dodge Grand Caravan Feb. 15 parked at the end of a boat ramp near Oakland Mills, Iowa.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in a death investigation launched after a body was found in the Mississippi River.

Sheriff Scott Bentzinger said the body of an unidentified white adult woman was found floating in the Mississippi River Wednesday afternoon between Hamilton and Nauvoo. Bentzinger said the body was found about 3 p.m. He declined to talk about the victim or the circumstances around her death.

"We're just trying to figure out what is going on right now," Bentzinger said. "We're hoping some things will develop."

The sheriff is asking anyone with information to call his office (217) 357-2115.