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Body in Fox River is that of missing Appleton woman

Caitlyn Xiong (Photo courtesy of Kerry Yang/Family of Caitlyn Xiong)

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WLUK) -- The body found in the Fox River in Little Chute has been identified a woman reported missing from Appleton.

The Outagamie County Coroner's Office identified the body as that of Caitlyn Xiong, 20. Xiong was last seen Oct. 5.

Her body was found on Saturday in the river near Heesakker Park. Appleton police said Monday they had been contacted to help in the investigation. An autopsy was done on Monday, but the identification was not confirmed until Thursday.

The coroner's office says autopsy results are pending, and investigators are still working to determine how she died and ended up in the river.

The family of Caitlyn released the following statement:

"In this time of need, we would like extend our thanks to everyone who has helped look for Caitlyn and aided in her search. We are just now coming to terms that she is no longer with us, while we wait for further answers concerning her untimely death. She will be dearly missed by family and friends and words cannot express the anguish we feel with her loss. We would like to extend our gratitude for the outpouring of concern and kindness from those we know and strangers alike and hope that the media and public will continue to respect our family's privacy in order to mourn her passing."

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