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Authorities identify body found in Merrimack River as missing Lowell woman

Kimberly Kelly-Oberhauser, 56, had been missing since January.

A body recovered from the Merrimack River this week has been identified as a Lowell woman missing since January, according to authorities. 

The body recovered from the river in Andover on Tuesday has been identified as Kimberly Kelly-Oberhauser, 56, of Lowell,  the Essex District Attorney’s office said in a statement Thursday. Lowell police had been investigating her disappearance since January 18.

Kelly-Oberhauser’s empty Range Rover SUV was pulled from the Merrimack River on Jan. 22, across from the apartment complex she moved into shortly before her disappearance. At the time, Lowell police said there were no signs of foul play.

MISSING PERSON: KIM KELLY-OBERHAUSER5’7, approximately 125 LBS, BLONDE HAIR & BLUE EYESLast seen in Lowell on 1/18/21…

Posted by Lowell Police Department (Official) on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Andover police and EMS responded Tuesday just after noon to a report of a female body on the shoreline near Ravens Bluff. 

“The matter remains under investigation pending autopsy,” the DA’s office said in a statement.

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