Rochester Police: Body Identified as Missing Woman

Posted at: 07/11/2014 9:50 AM
Updated at: 07/11/2014 6:57 PM

Dawn Ehret
Dawn Ehret

ABC 6 News
ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 News) -- Police have now confirmed the identity of the woman whose body was pulled out of Silver Lake Thursday afternoon. As the pieces are coming together, police are revealing more than just the woman's identity, we have the latest on the investigation.

"A policeman had already been to my house and talked to my wife. Right when she got home they came to the door, and knocked on the door, and asked for her name, and if we had noticed anything the night before, any loud noises, any trouble, anything behind the house, and nothing out of the ordinary," said James Fritz, who lives nearby.

He tells us things are usually very quiet in his neighborhood, people just enjoying the trails along Silver Lake, so it was alarming to come home and see dozens of cops along his backyard. "There were police everywhere down here. There was tape on this tree here and they had traffic blocked off to both areas, nobody could walk on the trail and what not," said Fritz.

Police had been combing the area the night before, searching for 53 year-old Dawn Ehret. “The woman that was missing, she had a disagreement with a loved one earlier in the evening, and had left the home," said Lt Mike Sadauskis with the Rochester Police Department.

Through searching phone records, they knew where to start looking. "She indicated via phone that she was in the area of Silver Lake, that she was hiding from people, and that's all we really know at this point," said Lt. Sadauskis.

After sending officials out on a boat, they were able to locate her but it was too late. Ehret's body was pulled from Silver Lake Thursday afternoon. "We know she had some medical history that may have impacted this, but we don't know at this point until the autopsy is complete whether it had any direct role or not," said Lt. Sadauskis.

Though they’re waiting on the autopsy for the cause of death, there are no obvious signs of foul play. "People can move about freely around Silver Lake and in that area and feel safe. We don't think that there is any obvious criminal investigation at this point," said Lt. Sadauskis.

Though police tell neighbors the area is safe, it's still unsettling news. "It's always a sad day, for all of us. It's a loss of another person and that's not good," said Fritz.

The cause of death may still take several weeks or more for the final autopsy report to wrap up.