Toot's body recovered near her home

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 11:38 AM EST
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4:22 p.m.


According to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the Bedford County Special Operations Team found the body of 83-year-old Lina Toot at approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, in a stream about a half mile from her home.

Search teams had checked this area several times last weekend. However, due to the heavy rain the streams were flowing outside their banks making it impossible to thoroughly search the waters, the release stated After reviewing the search efforts from over the weekend, police put search teams back in the area when the water receded.

"There is no reason to suspect any nefarious activity," the release added. Toot's body will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Toot had been missing since Friday, when her health aid arrived at her home on Toot Boulevard in Moneta to find the door open and Toot gone. She was last seen Thursday night around 8 p.m.