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Search for missing Peru woman suspended

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:02 a.m. CDT

The search for a missing Peru woman, last seen near her partially submerged car Saturday, was paused Tuesday because of high water levels.

Nancy L. Greening, 62, was reported missing around 3 p.m. on April 20. A pilot’s aerial photo showed her near her car, but her exact location was unknown.

“I think we covered as much ground as we could until the water goes down,” said Robert Frazier of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

According to Frazier, Greening is presumed dead.

“We’re treating this as a recovery right now,” Frazier said.

When the search began Saturday, search crews dealt with “treacherous currents.”

Illinois Conservation Police located Greening’s vehicle around 4 p.m. on Route 351 between the Illinois River and I&M Canal, but she could nto be found.

The search was terminated due to water condition and fading daylight hours, Frazier said.

On Sunday, Illinois Conservation Police and a number of area fire and police departments continued the search on boat and foot.

Water levels had dropped somewhat by that point, Frazier said, but floating debris made searching difficult.

Frazier said they would continue searching when water levels dropped.

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