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Police: Missing woman’s body found in river

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Volunteers from Glade Township Volunteer Fire Department were among those who responded to the scene of a recovery effort Sunday afternoon in the Allegheny River in Conewango Township.

A missing person investigation involving a Warren woman has officially been closed after a body was discovered Sunday afternoon in the Allegheny River.

City of Warren Police Chief Joseph Sproveri confirmed in a statement the body discovered in the water was that of Nicole Lee Font, who was last seen March 14.

First responders were called to 554 Grass Flats Blvd. in Conewango Township — directly across the river from the Irvine Distribution Center — shortly after noon Sunday. Conewango Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, the Warren County Coroner’s office, Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department, and Glade Volunteer Fire Department all responded.

“We were notified by a fisherman of a possible body in the water,” Conewango Twp. police officer Charlie Andersen said.

By 4 p.m., the body had positively been identified as Font, who had been the subject of a missing person investigation and several searches in the Allegheny River.

“The reported cause of death was determined to be drowning,” Sproveri said in a statement. “No foul play is suspected and the investigation into this incident is closed.”

Earlier this month, an autopsy confirmed a body also discovered in the river was that of John Christopher Nelson, who had been missing since Feb. 5. No foul play was suspected in Nelson’s death, with drowning also cited as the cause.

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