BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
DANVILLE — A body discovered during the weekend has been identified as a missing Hoopeston woman.
Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson issued a press release this afternoon confirming the identity as 33-year-old Amanda Walters-Pentecost.
The body was discovered during the noon hour on Sunday in a wooded area southeast of Hoopeston. An autopsy was conducted this morning.
According to Johnson, the preliminary cause of death for Walters-Pentecost was exposure to cold weather. Toxicology tests are pending in the case.
Walters-Pentecost was reported missing on Feb. 1 in Hoopeston.
From the beginning, police said there were no indications that Walters-Pentecost — a mother of two children — was the victim of a crime.
According to police, Walters-Pentecost’s purse was found at one point since she was reported missing. Her cellular phone has not been found.