Columbus police search for missing woman

Authorities were called when she didn't come home Friday night. However, she did not return home to Indianapolis after she dropped the family dogs at her mother-in-law's home.

Police say the woman's vehicle was found in the 2300 block of Riverside Drive in Columbus. She was last seen wearing black stretch trousers and a gray shirt.

Lt. Harris would not elaborate any further than to call this a death investigation and did not say how Watts may have died, where specifically along the river where her body was found or if there were any people of interest in the case. After less than a day of searching, authorities found the missing woman about a half-mile from her abandoned auto in Columbus. The vehicle also contained Jacqueline's purse and mobile phone.

Jacqueline Watts, 33, was reported missing Friday afternoon. WTTV reports that her auto was found - with the flashers on - but she couldn't be located. Not releasing the manner of death of 33 y/o Jacqueline Watts.

Harris would not comment on whether police believe foul play was involved, citing the ongoing investigation.

Police say a missing woman was found dead Saturday morning in Bartholomew County.

"At this point, we're not sure.We're going to follow where the facts lead us", Harris said.

"Our focus right now is supporting the family and making sure that we're doing everything right", Harris said.

A Columbus East High School graduate, Watts, and her husband were residents of Columbus.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-379-1689.

  • Larry Hoffman