Woman's body pulled from James River

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A woman's body is pulled from the James River at a popular swimming spot. Investigators believe the 45-year-old woman may have drowned. This all happened along Tredegar Street, near the rope swing - next to Brown's Island.

Twenty-four-year old Ashley Nicole Wallace, of Midlothian, was found floating in the water Monday night. She was swimming in just two feet of water with her roommate and some friends when they say she just disappeared.

As the sun was setting, a terrible shadow was cast upon what is arguable one of Richmond's best views. Onlookers on Brown's Island saw the body of a woman floating near a pillar to the train tracks. Fire crews showed up for a water rescue that was moments too late. She was dead when they got there.

"We have a lot of questions that we need answered. We don't know if she could swim, we don't know if she may have had a medical situation," said Richmond Fire Lt. Shawn Jones.

Investigators believe she drowned in two feet of water.

"She just disappeared...it was crazy," said James Slough.

Slough was at this popular swimming hole with her. He'd only known her for about two weeks.

None of her friends actually saw what happened to her. They just noticed after some time went by that she was no longer among them. They went looking, eventually finding her floating behind a pillar.

"They pretty much just said there was a body over there. What were you thinking? I didn't know what to think until they said there was black and white paints then I was like that's gotta be her," said Slough.

The body has been taken to the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death. Again, police do not suspect foul play. They say this is possibly an accidental drowning.

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