A body was discovered Friday afternoon in the Tuttle Cove area of Tuttle Creek Lake, according to Pottawatomie County sheriff Greg Riat.
There was no immediate identification of the person. The body was taken to Kansas City for an autopsy by a forensic pathologist.
Jane Peterson, a 56-year-old Manhattan woman, disappeared in late January, and her vehicle was discovered in the Tuttle Cove area on Jan. 21, a day after she was missing.
Huge searches, involving nearly 500 people over several days, did not turn up any trace of Peterson – and she remains listed as missing.
The discovery on Friday was triggered by a call to the Riley County Police Department. An individual reported finding a body in the water, and various law enforcement agencies and emergency agencies responded immediately – including the RCPD, Riley County EMS, Tuttle Creek Corps of Engineers and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
A coroner at the scene pronounced the person dead after recovery from the lake.
Although much of the lake is frozen following the cold winter, the body was located in an area of thawed water that extended a short distance from shore.