Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers investigating death on Barren River

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2021) – Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are asking the public for any information about what might have led to the death of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found Sunday in the Barren River in Warren County.

Conservation officers responded at 4:40 p.m. (CDT) after an angler called and reported finding the woman's body submerged in the water below Greencastle Dam near the shoreline. Emergency responders from the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Bowling Green Fire Department and Richardsville Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Blanca Hernandez-Jimenez, of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She appeared to be 5-foot-4 and 135 pounds, and was wearing tennis shoes, blue and white striped shorts and a navy t-shirt with a Johnson Equipment logo. 

No witnesses were located at the scene.

Anyone who may have seen the victim in the area or has any information is encouraged to contact Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-25-ALERT. Anonymous tips also can be made to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife by texting "KFWLAW" along with a message to 847411 (tip411) or through the KFWLaw app. The free app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store

An autopsy is scheduled July 19 at the State Medical Examiner's office in Louisville, Kentucky. This incident remains under investigation.

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