Body found in Genesee River

Updated: 06/14/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 06/14/2014 6:30 PM WHEC.com

Livingston County sheriffs are investigating after a body was found in the Genesee River, just north of the Village of Geneseo.

Officials say divers recovered the body from the Genesee River, near riverside drive, around 10 a.m. on Saturday.

This is the same area where crews had been searching for a Geneseo woman who went missing three months ago.

Officials say 37-year-old Cora Kalous was last seen on March 11, 2014 at her apartment on Meadow Drive.

“It’s certainly very upsetting that this young lady’s life has ended,” said Jeffrey Szczesniak, lead investigator for the Geneseo Police Department.

Three months after 37-year-old Cora Kalour went missing in Geneseo, a body is recovered. Authorities are waiting for an official ID from the medical examiner’s office, but they say it’s likely hers.

“There were some footprints near the river’s edge. That leading up to where the body was discovered pretty much gives us a good indication that these two situations, the missing person and today’s recovery, are connected,” said Szczesniak.

Search crews took to the river on Saturday for the first time since Kalous’s disappearance. Bad weather conditions prevented them from getting boats and divers out until now. Szczesniak has led this investigation from the beginning. He says he’s been in contact with Kalous’s mom on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. After the discovery, he made a personal visit.

“We did make contact with her at her home today, and I let her know that there is a possibility that these two situations may be connected,” said Szczesniak.

Police say Kalous did have a history of mental health issues, and she was reportedly intoxicated before she vanished.

“The witnesses had direct knowledge that she had consumed a large amount of alcohol prior to going missing.  It was a very short duration of time from that last person who had seen her leaving the apartment,” said Szczesniak.

The body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office for DNA testing.


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