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Westport Police: Woman Found In River Died Of Blunt Trauma

Westport police are investigating the death of Annette L. White, who was found last Friday morning in the Saugatuck River.
Westport police are investigating the death of Annette L. White, who was found last Friday morning in the Saugatuck River. Photo Credit: Facebook

WESTPORT, Conn. — An autopsy performed on Annette L. White, the woman who was found dead Friday morning in the Saugatuck River in Westport, determined she died from blunt impact injuries, police announced Sunday evening.

“Preliminary investigation shows that the injuries may have been caused by a significant impact similar to being hit by some type of vehicle or a very high fall,” Capt. Vincent Penna said in a statement.

White, 46, sustained injuries to the head, torso and extremities, the autopsy found. The manner of death remained undetermined pending further investigation by the medical examiner’s office and the Westport Police Detective Bureau, Penna said.

A resident of Maine, White had been living at 35 Owenoke Park in Westport since July, Penna said. The homeowner, he said, has been cooperative with the police investigation.

White’s body was found at approximately 9:15 a.m. Friday in the mouth of the river near Longshore Club Park by a duck hunter in a kayak, police said. Her body was retrieve by police and fire units near the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club.

Penna said White was last seen alive at 4 p.m. Thursday at the home she had been living at by the homeowner, before he left for the night. She was not seen again until her body was found, Penna said.

At the time she was found, White was wearing black jeans, a red turtleneck shirt, a gray sweater, and a light blue, hip-length jacket, Penna said. White was 5-foot-6, 165 pounds and had shoulder-length brown hair.

“The investigation is focused on the time frame from when White was last seen alive to when her body was discovered,” Penna said.

Anyone who had contact with White during this time frame or who saw a woman matching her description is asked to contact the Westport Police Department at 203-341-6000.

According to her personal Facebook page, White has two daughters and a son.

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