Through the use of fingerprints, the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond was able to positively identify the female body found in Kerr Lake on Saturday evening.
The body was identified as Kathy Marie Keiling, the 57-year-old Danville woman reported missing May 30. The identification came less than a week after the body was discovered by a caller who saw something that appeared to be a body floating in debris while boating, said Mecklenburg County Sheriff R.W. Hawkins.
Keiling was reported missing by her apartment manager. Danville Police Lt. Scott Eanes said she was last seen walking along the Dan River, but no one has been able to “pin down” an exact time she was last seen.
Hawkins said there had been no accidents or missing persons reported so the area was treated as a crime scene and the discovery was treated as a possible homicide. Hawkins said he thought of surrounding areas who might have missing persons reports or reported incidents.
After talking to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, Hawkins said he found out about the missing person alert for Keiling in Danville. Hawkins said police believe Keiling fell into the water around her Bridge Street apartment on May 30, and with the heavy rains over the weekend, there was a “strong likelihood it’s who they were looking for.”
Keiling’s family has been notified. Police consider the matter an ongoing investigation, and ask anyone with questions or information to contact Mecklenburg County Sheriff Hawkins at (434) 210-0994.
Roberts reports for the Danville Register & Bee.