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Search for missing woman remains concentrated on Illinois River

Cold temperatures add difficulty to search

The search for a missing Ottawa woman on the Illinois River could last a month or two, said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Sgt. Phil Wire.

The Conservation Police, along with volunteers from the Ottawa River Rescue Squad, have been searching the river using sonar and drag bars.

Tina Donovan, 45, of Ottawa, was reported missing to the Ottawa Police Department by a family member Jan. 14. A vehicle owned by Donovan was located in the Starved Rock Lodge parking area and some of Donovan’s personal items were found late in the week not far from the river.

Wire said Conservation Police's search still is concentrated on the river.

The colder water temperatures when ice forms on the top of the river make it more difficult to conduct a search, he said. Temperatures are expected to reach highs in the 30s throughout the rest of the week, but snow is predicted later in the week.

Anyone with information about Donovan should call the Conservation Police at 815-632-4010.

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