GRANITE CITY — The Granite City Police Department is investigating the death of a Granite City woman whose body was found floating on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis on June 3.
The woman was identified as Brandy Jane Mielke, 26.
“We’re waiting on the St. Louis medical examiner, which it’s going to take time for us to wait on the toxicology to find out what the cause of death was,” Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller said. “There was nothing evident right now to know of. So we have two investigators who are following up on who reported her missing, which was a relative, and what she was doing up to that time and if we have any leads on what she was doing afterward. Right now, we don’t have a whole lot (of information).”
Miller said Mielke had been missing since early May.
“When you know that when you’re an adult and you choose to go away, which occasionally happens, it’s hard for us to find where you’ve been until we really backtrack and see,” Miller said. “Sometimes these people are missing and we make reports and they show back up, saying they left on their own to do whatever and they show back up. This one obviously showed up deceased. Now we have to backtrack and see who has seen her and where she has been around and has she been somewhere during the time she was missing.”
Miller said the police department is looking to find more information about Mielke, who graduated from Granite City High in 2007.
“In today’s world, you have to be concerned as to when people are missing like that and make sure it’s not a mental issue or not mentally capable of taking care of themselves and knowing where they’re at and what’s going on,” Miller said. “You have to wonder if it’s drugs or something that’s led them out of the public’s eye. That’s where we’re looking at. We won’t know until we get the medical examiner’s toxicology. We have to keep digging the bushes and talking to family and friends who may have seen her during that time.”
Services for Mielke are scheduled for Friday, June 12, at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City. Visitation is at 5 p.m. and the memorial service is at 7 p.m.