Body identified

By Frank Lewis -

The woman whose body was located in the Ohio River at Portsmouth has been identified as a woman who reportedly jumped from the new Ironton-Russell Bridge several weeks ago.

The Scioto County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Denise Ison, 48, of Ironton. A spokeswoman said Ison’s identification was accomplished with the use of dental records. She said Portsmouth police detective Chris Kelly took the dental records to Montgomery County Monday and authorities there who were performing the autopsy on the woman verified the body was that of Denise Ison.

The spokeswoman said the family has been notified and the woman’s body has been released to a funeral home.

The body was originally discovered by two men who had been fishing on the Ohio River.

According to Portsmouth Police Department Operations Captain Lynn Brewer, the body was pulled from the river by Portsmouth Fire Department rescue personnel.

“The body was severely bloated and decayed to the point that it is not possible to say for sure if it is a male or female,” Brewer said at the time the body was located.

The Scioto County Coroner’s Office took possession of the body and had it sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was performed. As a part of that autopsy, the dental records were examined leading to the identification.

By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

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