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Missing woman found dead Saturday after she sought her dog

The body of a woman reported missing Friday night was found Saturday afternoon, and authorities are investigating the manner and cause of her death.

Rhonda Politsch was last seen in the area of Farm and Fleet. There, at about 11 a.m. Friday, her dog had run away from her outside the retail store and into a cornfield. Several members of the public assisted in the search for the dog, a collie named Quinn.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, an acquaintance attempted without success to get in touch with Politsch and then contacted police.

“After being notified, Ottawa Police responded to the area and located Rhonda’s vehicle unoccupied and began their investigation,” Ottawa police said. “A search of the area began immediately.”

At about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Politsch was located deceased in the cornfield by a search team.

Additional details were pending. The incident is still under investigation by the Ottawa Police Department and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office.

Ottawa police were assisted by La Salle County Sheriff’s deputies and the Utica Fire Department. A search was conducted on foot and using a drone. The search continued into the early morning hours and the Illinois Search and Rescue Council and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System were contacted to assist in a large-scale ground search. The La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office provided technical assistance and Illinois State Police provided arial surveillance of the area during the search.


Quinn, Politsch’s dog, was found Monday and taken to Fox Valley Veterinary Hospital in Ottawa for treatment for dehydration. A volunteer who searched for the missing animal said it was located in a ditch on Route 23 north of Pavers & More approximately 2:20 p.m. Politsch family members were reportedly set to retrieve the animal after treatment.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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