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Body of missing Alton woman found in Madison County, cause of death not known

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MADISON COUNTY • Police found the body of a missing Alton woman Tuesday morning in a remote, marshy area of Madison County. 

The body was identified as Adria Jean Hatten, 39, who has been missing since Jan. 21. from her home in Alton. 

The body was found about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning near a body of water about a mile and a half from where Hatten's 2013 Ford Focus was found in a field near Big Bend Road, said Madison County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeff Connor in a press conference. The cause of death was not yet known.

The discovery ends days of law enforcement, family members and volunteers scouring more than 1,000 acres in the remote area, Connor said. Searchers on Saturday had found a prescription pill bottle with Hatten's name on it near Horseshoe Lake.

The search was narrowed when an article of clothing police believe belonged to Hatten was found. The body was then spotted from the air in the same area by Illinois State Police Air Patrol Tuesday.

There has been no evidence of foul play, but police are continuing to investigate the death, Connor said Tuesday.

Anyone with information can call police at 618-692-4433 or the department's anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

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