River Hills — A decomposed body found in the Milwaukee River near Range Line Road Tuesday, May 24, has been identified as 53-year-old Mequon resident Jacquelyn Ranallo, who has been missing since November.
Ranallo's body was discovered by two bicyclists looking over the Range Line Bridge at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to River Hills police. The bicyclists flagged down a passing River Hills police sergeant.
The North Shore Fire Department retrieved the decomposed human remains, which were then turned over to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. On Wednesday, May 25, the medical examiner's office used dental records to identify the body as Ranallo.
The autopsy did not reveal any sign of trauma to her body or head. The case has been labeled an undetermined death, but it remains under investigation. Toxicology reports will be available in six to eight weeks.
Ranallo was reported missing on Nov. 21 after she did not show up for a dinner appointment. She was last heard from on Wednesday, Nov. 18. In February, Ranallo's family offered a $15,000 reward for any information that might lead to her whereabouts.
Mequon police have led an exhaustive investigation into Ranallo's whereabouts over the last six months. They researched her cell phone, computer and financial records and found nothing suspicious, said Mequon Detective Chuck O'Connell. Police and fire officials also checked a retention pond near her home, as well as the Milwaukee River as far south as County Line Road. Police also used a canine unit, a drone and a private plane to search the Mequon area for Ranallo.
'While everyone was still hoping to find Jackie alive, on behalf of the Mequon Police Department and all of the staff who worked tirelessly in an attempt to find her, we hope that this brings some sort of closure to her family and friends,' Mequon Police Chief Steve Graff said.
Ranallo's family has also issued a statement thanking police and the community for their search efforts.
'Jackie enjoyed life to the fullest and her spirit lives on through those she touched during her time with us. While we are devastated by today's news and wait for more information in hopes of learning what happened to Jackie, we are comforted knowing she is finally at peace,' the family said.