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Body in Loosahatchie River is Karen Thomas

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A nude female body that was found near a bridge floating face down in the Loosahatchie River has been positively identified as Karen Boyd-Thomas, a 31-year-old mother of two who was reported missing Oct. 11, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said.

Shelby County Sheriff spokesman Chip Washington said a passerby spotted the female body at around 11 a.m., at the Loosahatchie River bridge near Watkins Street.

Upon reaching the riverbank, first responders noticed Ms. Thomas' body was floating face down in the river, Washington said.

 MORE: Karen Boyd-Thomas was a domestic violence victim

"We are investigating the case along with the Memphis Police Department," Shelby County Sheriff spokesman Chip Washington said. "There have been NO arrests in this case at this time."

Hours after her body was pulled from the river Thursday afternoon, Ms. Thomas' husband was arrested and charged with her murder.

In an affidavit filed Friday, it was revealed Ms. Thomas was nude when her body was discovered in the river.

Ms. Thomas' body was transported Thursday afternoon to the county medical examiner's office for positive identification and an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Autopsy results have not been released.

First responders closed off an area of Watkins Street west of Thomas Street to traffic in both directions to investigate.

This is the same area where Thomas' family and friends were searching for her earlier this week.

The family told area law enforcement to search for her in this area after receiving a tip.

Ms. Thomas was last seen a week ago Thursday evening.

Family and friends showed up to the riverbank when word spread a female body was found.

In the past week they have been organizing searches for Ms. Thomas, and they say a man who was volunteering his time to search was the person who spotted the body in the river.

"Anytime you have a homicide it's not a good situation," Washington said. "We pray for the family and we'll get to the bottom of it and we'll figure out exactly what happened. Hopefully they will be locked up not before to long."

County homicide investigators are handling the case since the body was found within the county, but will start work immediately with Memphis homicide now that the cases are linked.

Since receiving a tip, family and friends have been canvassing the streets and woods behind Summer Avenue and I-240 where her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV was found Monday abandoned at the Garden Ridge parking lot.

"You almost want to give up hope, but you can't because, it's like, if you lose all hope then, it's like, I'm saying to my sister I've gave up on you and I can't do that," said Renee Shaw, sister.

Family and friends of the 31-year-old mother of two trudged through knee-high wet grass plodding into densely wooded terrain earlier in the week, hoping for any sign of Thomas.

"Yesterday when we saw the truck and we started just browsing around, there's just so many places that somebody can easily throw a 90-pound woman and easily just pull off, then go drop the truck off up there," said Samika.

Thomas was last seen by her husband Terrence on the evening of Oct. 11. He filed a missing person's report on Friday with Memphis police after his wife didn't show up for work at a downtown hotel.


FOX13 News reporters Matt Gerien and Darcy Thomas contributed to this report.

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