Officials ID body in creek as woman missing 2 months

Officials ID body in creek as woman missing 2 months
Nejay Redd

Officials said Friday afternoon that the body found in Starkweather Creek is the Madison woman who was missing for two months.

Madison police found the body in Starkweather Creek Thursday afternoon. A specially trained cadaver dog alerted Madison Police Department search teams to the location, according to a release.

Nejay Redd, 63, went missing from her east Madison apartment Sept. 15. Police renewed the search Thursday, including looking for shallow graves.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s spokesman said a forensic autopsy was completed Friday but results were pending additional study. A cause of death,

Madison police last month said they suspected there might be foul play involved in Redd’s disappearance.

Redd went missing leaving her shoes and purse behind, which is something family members said she would have never done.

Madison police and family members held multiple searches for Redd since she went missing. Thursday’s search was the 10th search that included police.

Redd is a Liberian immigrant who has dementia. She has gone missing before, but only during the day and never for an extended period of time.

Madison police said if investigators still have no leads in the case they will look into asking for assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Criminal Investigation.

Family members said before Redd disappeared her health had deteriorated, making it hard for her to walk.