News Staff Report
According to published reports, Escambia County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Office investigators have received confirmation that a body found Sunday, December 9, along the banks of the Conecuh River is that of a Pollard woman who had been missing since November 24.
WKRG-TV in Mobile and numerous other media outlets cited ECSO officials as the source for reports that forensic scientists at the state crime lab identified the remains as those of 74-year-old Eva McBride.
The then-unidentified body was found after Santa Rosa County (Fla.) emergency dispatchers received a call from a person who reported finding a body of a female along the river’s banks, near Jay.
After several days of searching by civilian volunteers and several groups including Klaaskids National Search Center for Missing Children in Pensacola, tracking dogs from the Alabama Department of Corrections, Flomaton Fire and Rescue, Monroe County Fire and Rescue, Alabama State Troopers and Daphne Search and Rescue, the formal search was called off.
ECSO officials announced December 5 that the case was being investigated as a homicide, even though there was no evidence of foul play at the time. The announcement that the body had been identified did not specify the cause of death.