Missing woman's body found in canal

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 15:56:00-04

The body of a missing Idaho Falls woman was recovered from a canal in Bingham County early Tuesday.

A canal worker found Patricia Dexter, 85, of Idaho Falls southwest of 97th South and 5th West just after 8 a.m., authorities said.

Dexter, a resident at MorningStar Senior Living’s Independent Living Community, was reported missing on Sunday afternoon.

MorningStar Senior Living issued a written statement. “Our hearts are broken upon hearing the news early this morning of the loss of Patricia. Our deepest condolences are extended to her family, as we continue to lift prayers for their comfort and for the comfort of the many friends who loved her in this close?knit community.”

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, the Bonneville County Search and Rescue, the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Bingham County Search and Rescue, and the Snake River Search and Air Idaho groups, as well as the staff and residents of the MorningStar Senior Living facility, all helped the Idaho Falls Police Department search for the woman.

The Bonneville County Coroner has not yet declared an official cause of death.