Kristy Kelley, the Indiana woman who went missing on August 15, has been found.
Kelley disappeared last month after spending a night out with her friends. She was last seen in the early morning hours near a VFW post.
Kelley’s father, Todd Scales, has been anxiously searching for his daughter since she and her vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Xterra, seemingly vanished. He set up a Facebook page titled Help Find Kristy Kelley to keep her friends, family, and followers updated.
Sadly, Todd had to share the news that his daughter had been found, but not alive. With the help of Team Watters Sonar from Illinois, Kelley’s vehicle and her body were discovered in a lake near her home. Kelley’s body was still inside of the car.
“As much as I hate to inform you all, Kristy’s car was found this afternoon in a body of water, the vehicle was lifted by crane to preserve it,” Scales wrote. “They believe it to be Kristy who is inside the vehicle at this time, We Thank you all for your prayers.”
Sheriff: Body found inside car belonging to missing #indiana woman Kristy Kelley. http://t.co/zdk3yt41ka pic.twitter.com/yTJef2iPWY
— RTV6 Indianapolis (@rtv6) September 17, 2014
Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse also released a statement after Kelley’s body had been found. “The Kristy Kelley Missing Person case is coming to a close,” he said. “Not the outcome that anyone wanted, but hopefully will bring some closure and some peace to her family. Our prayers go out to them.”
Kelley’s death has been ruled as an accidental drowning, and authorities do not believe there was any foul play involved.