PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a woman’s body was found in the Ohio River early Wednesday morning

A tow boat operator spotted the remains floating amongst some moored barges near the West End Bridge around 1:20 a.m.

Pittsburgh Police and River Rescue personnel were called to the location on the North Shore, when the call came into 911 that a body was spotted by river crews.

The body, described as a female’s, was located wedged between two barges near a mooring point by the West End Bridge.

River traffic was halted for a time as River Rescue removed the woman’s remains. The body was quickly taken to River Rescue’s launch on the Allegheny River, where Pittsburgh Police homicide detectives were waiting.

Sources close to the investigation said the woman was between 35 and 45-years-old. She was fully clothed and had no identification.

Police believe the body was in the river for at least two days.

The Allegheny County Coroner’s Office is now trying to determine the cause and manner of death.

Part of the identification process will include fingerprinting the remains and looking for a match. Homicide investigators said it’s too early to rule anything out regarding how the woman ended up in the river.

Another part of the investigation will be canvasing local police stations for missing person reports.

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