Jeanine Blankenship

The body of an Olive Branch woman was found early Wednesday, according to officials, a woman who had been missing for more than a week.

Olive Branch police officials Wednesday morning issued a short news release that stated a body was found in the area of Railroad Avenue that morning. The release stated the officers had recovered the body of a white female.

While the victim’s identity was not released by the police department, DeSoto County Coroner Josh Pounders Wednesday morning confirmed the woman found was that of Jeanine Blankenship, who had been missing since she was last seen on April 2.

The discovery of Blankenship’s body was made near the area of Depot Street and Old Highway 78.

Pounders stated an autopsy would be done in Jackson to determine a cause of death, but it is not believed that foul play was involved in the matter.

Family members said on social media posts that Blankenship was last seen in the Old Towne vicinity of Olive Branch after having taken an Uber ride into the district.

Olive Branch police officials are continuing what they call “an open and active” investigation at this time involving Blankenship’s death. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 662-895-4111.

Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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