The body of Brooke Naylor, age 20, of Carmi, was found at about 5:40 p.m., on Friday, March 8, as a crew of around 65 volunteers spent the day searching for her. Naylor had not been seen since last Sunday, March 3, in Harrisburg.
Her abandoned Chevrolet Malibu was found on the Ridgway- Eldorado blacktop, about halfway between Route 142 and Route 1. The state police investigation asked the public to help search on March 6. Late afternoon on March 8, her body was found in an area south of Pot Hole Lane in a remote part of Gallatin County in Equality, where crews had been searching for the 20 year old for the past two days.
An autopsy was performed on Saturday by Gallatin County Coroner Tony Cox, who issued a preliminary report stating that she died of hypothermia due to exposure to the elements. The cause of death is preliminary pending a toxicology report, which could take a month. The investigation into this incident continues. Valedictorian of her 2016 graduating class at Carmi White County High School, Brooke had an Associate Degree from SIC and was working at Morello’s in Harrisburg.