Brandenburg Police vehicle in Brandenburg, Kentucky. File image courtesy Brandenburg Police on Facebook. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A death investigation is underway in Brandenburg after the bodies of a man and a woman were found in the Ohio River early Thursday morning. 

Brandenburg Police Chief Brian Hagg says the bodies were found after the Indiana Department Natural Resources found an abandoned boat Tuesday night in the New Amsterdam area, which is about 12 miles north of Brandenburg, Kentucky.

Indiana Conservation Officers say the bodies were spotted by barge workers. 

Various agencies had been searching the area since Tuesday.  The search had been focusing on an area downstream of Brandenburg, where the boat was launched. 

The Brandenburg Police Department is leading the investigation. The identities and cause of the death is pending family notification and autopsy results from the Meade County Coroner’s Office.

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