OSKALOOSA — The body of an adult female has been found in the South Skunk River near Glendale Access. 

According to a news release, at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the body of an adult female was discovered by members of the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office.

The reasons why the woman entered the water and the cause of her death are under investigation. 

The woman's identity is unknown at this time, but an autopsy will help identify the woman. 

According to the news release, local law enforcement are investigating the disappearance of Ashley Shafer, age 24. Her disappearance and current location are part of an active missing person investigation. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shafer are encouraged to call Mahaska County Communications Center at 641-672-2557.

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