UPDATE: Body found in Swift Creek confirmed as Catalano

Kelly Catalano
Kelly Catalano

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police have confirmed the woman whose body was recovered from a small island in Swift Creek, near the Interstate 95 bridge yesterday is indeed that of Kelly D. Catalano, 40.

Police are awaiting final autopsy results, but there were no obvious signs of trauma. Catalano was reported missing from her work place on Innovation Drive on Jan. 15.

Police said a citizen was boating in the area Thursday, saw the body and contacted police. Police and fire officials remain on scene, near White Bank Park in Colonial Heights. A canonist discovered the body about noon today.

This is about a mile south from where Catalano went missing back in January.

Jonathan Moore's worst fear came true. The Virginia Tech PHD student was on Swift Creek checking bird boxes as part of his studies when he made a gruesome discovery.

On a tiny island, about a half mile from shore, was the body of a woman.  Moore called police from his cell phone.

Colonial Heights fire launched a boat with Moore on board pointing the way to the remains.  Chesterfield police and fire took over since Swift Creek is in the county's jurisdiction.

About 3 p.m., divers brought the remains to the boat landing.

Moore says you could have not seen the body from the shore.

"This is my fourth year at this site working with the birds and the bird boxes, and one of my biggest fears was always running into a body, and that's just something you say. Today as I was going up the creek and checking a bird box I looked over my shoulder and thought that looks not good," Moore said.

The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for autopsy and identification Thursday.

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