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Wednesday, September 3 2014, 08:40 AM EDT
Body Found In Hiwassee River, Family Pleads For Answers
NewsChannel9 is learning new details about the woman's body that was found floating in the Hiwassee river over the weekend.

While police won't release the identity of the body just yet, a Cleveland family contacted NewsChannel9 saying the woman was their loved one.

Family members say they knew something wasn't right after they reported 36-year-old Latasha Nichols missing last month. It only took one simple phone call from authorities to confirm their worst fear, Nichols was never coming home.

"The first thing I said was, have you found my daughter? They said, we don't know. That's why they want to come down and speak with me," said Nichols' mother Phyllis Shutt.

Shutt says after being questioned, authorities took DNA and sent it off to Nashville to testing. The results proved to be a mother's worst nightmare.

"We got a call back later and said that it was her," said Shutt.

Now her family is left without a daughter and a mother of two.

"I wanna know what happened to my baby. You know? She might be 34, but she's still my baby," said Shutt.

Shutt says the worst part is waiting for the autopsy results to come back. Until then, she's sharing this emotional plea with you.

"All I'm asking if anybody out there knows anything, seen her or knows of anything, please let me know about my daughter so we can get justice done to her please. I'm begging you," said Shutt.

The family has made funeral arrangements for Nichols. The viewing will be held Wednesday, September 3rd from 4:30 to 7 pm at Jim Rush Funeral Homes in Cleveland. The funeral will be held Thursday, September 4th at 1 pm at the same location.

By Alyssa Spirato  
Body Found In Hiwassee River, Family Pleads For Answers

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