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Body of woman who went missing in Wildwood found in Meramec River

Carol Schulte's family confirmed her body was recovered from the Meramec River Monday night.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — The body of a woman who went missing last week in Wildwood has been found, according to her family and police.

Carol Schulte, 72, of Ballwin, was last known to be heading out for a hike at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead on May 23 and hadn’t been heard from since.

A body was found Monday night in the Meramec River in Jefferson County. Schulte’s family confirmed on social media that the body has been positively identified as Schulte.

“On behalf of our entire family, we are forever grateful for each of you who have prayed for us, encouraged us, and searched the trails and river with us,” the family wrote.

St. Louis County police also confirmed the identity.

A caller reporting seeing a body in the water around 4 p.m. near Cecos Lane, just off Highway 141.

Investigators ruled out a drowning incident, a spokesperson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said the body didn't appear to have any obvious injuries. The official cause and manner of death will be determined by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office.

Also on Monday, a 19-year-old man died after he was pulled from the Meramec River in Castlewood State Park. Friends pulled him out of the river. He was underwater for about 15 minutes, first responders said.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene as friends were pulling the man out of the water. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, the fire official said, but later died.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources also responded to the scene.                     

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is confirmed. 

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