UPDATE: Police: Coulthard suffered an injury before she drowned

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UPDATED Monday, May 12, 2014 --- 2:38 p.m.

Janesville Police say the woman found in the Rock River suffered an injury before she drowned.

The body of 75-year-old Mary Coulthard was found in the river Friday.

She was reported missing earlier this month.


UPDATED Saturday, May 10, 2014 --- 6:56 p.m.

Janesville Police tell us an autopsy was done on the body recovered yesterday from the Rock River.

It has been identified as 75-year-old Mary Coulthard.

Police say the cause of death is drowning, but they will continue to investigate the incident.


UPDATED Monday, May 5, 2014 --- 10:30 p.m.

It's been nearly 72 hours since Mary Coulthard was reported missing from her Janesville apartment.

Police say the 75-year-old's water bottle and some other belongings were found near the Rock River this weekend, but there's been no sign of her since Friday night.

"There could be some criminal aspects of this case," said Janesville Police Chief David Moore. "Although I must tell you, it could be very innocent [too]."

Chief Moore doesn't believe Coulthard's disappearance is related to the investigation surrounding Clayton Courtney, the man charged with attempted murder of his best friend. He also confirmed Coulthard is not the woman whose body was found Monday morning in Janesville.

Detectives are still searching for Coulthard and interviewing anyone who may have had contact with her.


UPDATED Sunday, May 4, 2014 --- 4:15 p.m.
By Madeline Anderson

Those who live in the apartment complex at 208 North Main Street, say everything seemed as usual with Mary Coulthard in the hours leading up to her disappearance.

"She was happy, she was cheerful," said Carol Klingforth and Mary Falk.

The friends have known Coulthard for two years. They were shocked to learn she hadn't returned home by Saturday, after apparently leaving the building alone around 10 p.m Friday.

"Yesterday morning a police officer came and brought her purse. Someone had found it over on Jackson Street and returned it to the police station. And then he was bringing it back to her. She wasn't here," Falk said.

"And then they called the emergency vehicle to come check her apartment, and she's not in her apartment," Klingforth said.

The friends aren't sure what happened, but say Coulthard was always trying to help others--almost to a fault.

"Mary had a real soft spot in her heart for the homeless people," Falk said. "But she was not by any means 'street smart.' So she was warned to be careful if she went down by the river, especially at night time to talk to the homeless people. But she still did it anyway. Your guess is as good as mine whether that's where she was going."

UPDATED Sunday, May 4, 2014 --- 1:00 p.m.
Posted Saturday, May 3, 2014 --- 2:09 p.m.

The Janesville Police Department needs your help to find a missing woman.

75-year-old Mary Coulthard was last seen around 9:00 p.m. Friday night on the 200 block of North Main St.

Police say she was wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and possibly a light blue sweater at the time.

She is 5ft 2in tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has gray hair and hazel eyes.

Police released an updated picture of her on Sunday.

If you know of Mary's whereabouts, please call the Rock County Communications Center at 757-2244.

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