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Columbus police: Animal lover died trying to save dog

Police remove the body of Jacqueline Watts from the scene where her body was found on a sandbar in the Flatrock River near Noblitt Park in Columbus on Saturday. Watts' body was discovered early Saturday. Her family reported her missing Friday afternoon. (Mike Wolanin/The Republic via AP)<br />
Police remove the body of Jacqueline Watts from the scene where her body was found on a sandbar in the Flatrock River near Noblitt Park in Columbus on Saturday. Watts' body was discovered early Saturday. Her family reported her missing Friday afternoon. (Mike Wolanin/The Republic via AP)
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Monday, March 06, 2017 12:06 pm
COLUMBUS — Police in southern Indiana say an animal lover lost her life trying to save a dog from a river. Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris says a witness reported seeing a woman matching the description of 33-year-old Jacqueline Watts of Indianapolis chasing a small dog on Friday afternoon. Officers found Watts' body Saturday morning on a sandbar by the Flatrock River in the city's Noblitt Park.

Watts provided foster care and hospice care for animals, a Harris told a news conference Monday, "Bottom line, we lost a wonderful person."

Police also recovered the body of Ringo, the dog she was pursuing. A poster reporting the dog was missing said Ringo had cataracts and was deaf.

An autopsy on Watts was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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