Crime scene tape blocks the pier at Renaissance Park where a woman's body was found early Sunday, July 16, 2017, following reports to police about a shooting.

This is a developing story and was updated July 16 at 9:30 p.m.

People enjoying Renaissance Park on Sunday afternoon mostly didn't appear to notice the yellow crime-scene tape stretched across the entrance of the pier that juts out over the slough where frogs jump and turtles sun themselves.

That's where Chattanooga police found a woman's body early Sunday, following a 911 call reporting a shooting.

Police said the call came in at about 12:35 a.m., reporting someone had been shot somewhere along the riverfront.

Members of the Chattanooga Fire Department helped police in a lengthy and extensive search along and in the Tennessee River before they found the woman dead, according to a police news release.

By noon Sunday, investigators said they had contacted witnesses and persons who may be connected to the incident, according to the release. Those conversations led investigators to conclude there was no threat to the community.

Police spokesman Rob Simmons said Sunday investigators also were collecting video evidence from cameras in Renaissance Park.

"They are continuing to work through all physical evidence and interviews to determine the totality of evidence collected relative to this senseless act of violence," Simmons wrote in an email.

The victim's name will be released once next of kin have been notified, the release stated.

Members of the Violent Crimes Bureau are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the homicide tip line at 423-643-5100.

Contact staff writer Rosana Hughes at or 423-757-6327. Follow her on Twitter @Hughes Rosana.

Stay with the Times Free Press as more information becomes available.