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Woman's body found in Red River

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Published: Nov. 25, 2016 at 12:36 PM CST
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Bryan County, Okla. (KXII) -- After searching for less than three hours, the family of a Denison woman, who's been missing since Tuesday, found a female body in the Red River Friday morning.

While police have not identified the body, the family says they came out to the Red River to search because someone found Ratliff's cell phone near Carpenter's Bluff Bridge.

The search began Friday morning, family and friends looking for the 33-year-old.

Ratliff's boyfriend Joe White tells police they had a fight the night before she left, but when he woke up, she was gone.

"Trying to understand what happened," Ratliff's brother, Josh Ratliff, said. "We know she didn't go anywhere, she didn't have a car, she didn't have money."

Her boyfriend said the person who found her phone Thursday night called police and the family.

"I saw their plea for volunteers to meet this morning at 9 a.m. to form a search party, so I decided I would try to help them," Ben Milner said.

Milner is a retired police officer who doesn't know the family. He recently bought a drone, got certified and when he saw their story on News 12, he decided to help.

"I observed a body face-down in the river. I also observed a young man, bent over in the middle of the road very distraught," Milner said.

After 34 years in law enforcement, Milner said it's not the first time he's helped in a missing person search, but it never gets any easier.

"I've done many of those things and you always hope to find everything okay, and we didn't this time."

There's no official confirmation the body is Andrea Ratliff.

Since the body was found in the Red River, it is in Oklahoma's jurisdiction. The Bryan County Sheriff's Office said the body was sent to the chief medical examiner in Oklahoma City, where official identification will be made as well as an autopsy.

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