RECOVERED: Body of Candace Giles found in Milwaukee River

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Candace Giles

Candace Giles

MEQUON (WITI) -- Mequon police say the body of 54-year-old Candace Giles was recovered from the Milwaukee River late Friday, April 25th. Her family reported her missing on Thursday.

The personal items she left in her home lead the family to believe the 54-year-old mother and grandmother could be in danger.

A citizen contacted Mequon police around 10:30 p.m. Friday stating he found what he believed to be Giles in the water off the shore off her residence.

"Shortly after midnight this morning, the family were notified that the body of Candace Giles was found in the river behind their home," said Pastor Bob Sheldon, from Crossroads Presbyterian, where Giles was an active member.

The body was discovered by a boater ten feet from the shoreline in approximately six to eight feet of water. Emergency responders removed the body from the Milwaukee River. It was transported to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

"As time has gone on we've become more and more afraid that we were going to get bad news. It's just overwhelming grief," said Sheldon.

Sheldon says Giles recently retired, sold her home, and was planning a move with her husband of 20 years.

"She and Tom were starting a new chapter of their life together," said Sheldon.

Sheldon also says Giles shined bright when caring for children and seniors.

"They will be remembering her fondly. She was one of those people who smiled with her whole face and had a hug for everybody," said Sheldon.

An autopsy was performed Saturday morning, April 26th. The corner is still investigating how Giles drowned, and whether it was accidental.

A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, April 29th in Giles' honor.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

29 comments

  • amanda

    I am so sorry to hear about this.. breaks my heart because I am sure she has kids. . So heartbroken.. but thank god she has been found.. another angel looking out for us..

    • Kelly

      Do you have any respect someone died and a family is hurting and you think it’s ok to say cruel things like that if the family saw this they would be crushed

    • MequonMargaret

      Unfortunately, Candace attempted suicide two months ago and was revived. This time it is believed she took a large number of sleeping pills before voluntarily entering the river. Very sad situation. Her oldest son’s father, as well as her own father, are also said to have committed suicide. So much tragedy in one family.

  • Ali

    Mark, her husband is a kind man who was subsequently out of town on business when this occurred. Please be respectful of the family and take the time to investigate the facts before you go shooting off inappropriate comments.

    • Gary

      Well said Ali. Always seem to be someone who never thinks before they write there comments. Who are you to judge the husband. You probably don’t even know him.

      • kt1ob

        Really? Did you really need to make a comment like that? If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. You’re rude.

    • Scott

      What would the death penalty do? Your speculating just like Mark did. The coroner doesn’t even know if it was an accidental drowning , but you know better huh? Don’t be such a Richard Cranium!

  • Sister of faith Pamela

    She was a beautiful sister of faith on the inside and out. She will be missed immensely. She now rest in the arms of her Lord God and Savoir. May we embrace her wonderful husband Tom and family and help them find peace in this tragic event.

  • Jessica

    So sad. I’m so sorry for her family. My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to her friends and family. I just want to point out that part of this story that was written, is very disrespectful. The statement from the writer of this heartbreaking story said “The body was discovered by a boater ten feet from the shoreline in approximately six to eight feet of water. Emergency responders removed the body from the Milwaukee River. It was transported to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.” Why say it was transported. Out of respect, her honor and just common sense, would it be so hard to say “Candace’s body or even her body was transported?” But again, my deepest sympathies to everyone who was in Candace’s life.

    • good karma

      I don’t think any disrespect was meant – someone just not paying attention to the details – but I thought exactly the same thing when I read that part myself!

  • MequonMargaret

    Unfortunately, Candace attempted suicide two months ago and was revived. This time it is believed she took a large number of sleeping pills before voluntarily entering the river. Very sad situation. Her oldest son’s father, as well as her own father, are also said to have committed suicide. So much tragedy in one family.

  • Tammy

    Candace!! You were so Dear to me! I can’t understand why a Happy, Loving Lady would do this. I Love you and will miss you forever!!!! I’m so glad you were a part of my life!!!

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