Woman's body pulled from the Salt River

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A woman reportedly drowned in the Salt River this weekend. Lake patrol crews pulled the female victim's body from the river on Monday.

MCSO says that on Sunday at approximately 5 p.m., 38-year-old Corprice Thomas was last seen by her aunt actively swimming with the current of the Lower Salt River downstream from Blue Point Bridge.

The aunt lost sight of Thomas after she was carried around a bend in the river by the current.

Prior to entering the water to swim, Thomas had left her two children and the tube she was sharing with them near the shoreline.

Thomas was known to be a strong swimmer and has floated the Salt River multiple times. It is unknown why she left her children on the shoreline.

The aunt was able to float to Bus Stop 4 and exit the river, to meet with Thomas' children.

Family members searched for Thomas but were not able to locate her.

Upon exiting the river, at about 7 p.m., the aunt contacted MCSO personnel and reported Thomas as missing.

The area where Thomas was last seen was searched, utilizing Lake Patrol watercraft and with the assistance of the MCSO helicopter. The search was suspended for the night and resumed the following morning.

On the morning of September 4, a body was recovered from the Lower Salt River in the area where Thomas was last observed swimming the previous day.

The female victim was wearing clothing which matched the description given of Thomas' clothing.

An external body exam was conducted on the recovered decedent and no obvious signs of trauma were found.

The victim was taken to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

Identification will be confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

At this point,  officials say foul play does not appear to be a factor.

This case will remain open pending MCSO investigation and the investigation by the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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