The body of a beloved animal-advocate was recovered from the sandbar in the Flat Rock River in Columbus, Indiana, on Saturday morning. Though foul-play was initially feared, authorities now believe that 33-year-old Jacqueline (Kleine) Watts was not murdered, reported the Indy Channel.
On Friday, Watts had dropped her pets off with family members and she was supposed to meet up with her husband to head out for a trip to Washington D.C., but she never made it to her scheduled meeting place. After she was reported missing by family, Watts’ car was found, still running, with a door open, in a wooded area. Her body was found on Saturday about a half-mile away from the abandoned vehicle.
After word was released about the tragedy, Indy Rescue reached out via Facebook to update its followers about the woman who had died:
Jackie Watts had been with our rescue for 5 years, I believe, and was a member of our Board of Directors. She was so excited when we finally decided to go 501c3 last year and was the first one to respond “I can be there!” last week in a group text to check out a venue for our first big fundraiser.
The rescue agency touched on Watts’ compassionate nature:
Jackie was always taking home the really sick bunnies that she could nurture back to health, and if that wasn’t possible, she would many times keep them to their end. Even adopting a pair post mortem that she so dearly loved and nursed until they died. Just yesterday, Jackie was sitting on the floor of the Bunny Barn trying to help me give fluids to a long time bunny we believe to have cancer.
The rescue summed up with words of love for the friend and advocate who was lost:
We will always love you and will never forget you Jackie…. never.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Watts’ death continues.
(Indy Rescue FB Photo)