02/16/2011 12:16 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Body Of Jeanne Pike, Missing Woman, Found Beneath Melting Snow

On December 21, 60-year-old Jeanne Pike was reported missing from her home in northern Illinois. For weeks, officers searched for Pike as heavy snow and frigid temperatures hit the area.

As the snow began to melt this week, the body of Pike was discovered in a wooded area, the Associated Press reports.

According to the Daily Herald, a Union Pacific Railroad employee called police Tuesday morning after finding Pike "partially covered with snow under a tree near the railroad tracks."

Foul play is not expected, and Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller said "it's certainly possible (her death was due to cold) exposure, considering where she was found," according to the Sun-Times.

Pike's family told police that she "walked off" in late December, but did not provide further details.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.