Body of missing Wichita Falls woman discovered at Livingston Walmart

Body of missing Wichita Falls woman discovered at Livingston Walmart
(Source: Polk County Today)
(Source: Polk County Today)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - The mother of a 26-year-old Wichita Falls woman that had been reported missing Wednesday made a tragic discovery when she found her daughter's body in the back seat of a car parked at the Walmart in Livingston Thursday evening.

"No foul play is suspected at this time," Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said. "According to family members she had a lot of health issues that could have caused her death."

The 26-year-old woman was positively identified as Jessica Lynn Burgess, of Wichita Falls.

At approximately 8:20 a.m. the Livingston Police Department was contacted by Margaret Burgess, Jessica Burgess' mother. She told LPD officers that she had filed a missing person report with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Margaret Burgess told the Livingston Police Department that she had traced her daughter's cell phone to the Livingston area, and gave the officers a list of possible locations of the phone. Officers with the Livingston Police Department searched for Jessica Burgess throughout Livingston and Polk County.

Then at about 5:27 p.m., Margaret Burgess called the Livingston Police Department again. She told officers that she had found Jessica Burgess, along with her daughter's Chevrolet Cobalt at the Walmart store located at 1620 West Church Street in Livingston.

After the LPD officers secured the scene, they called in their supervisors and detectives.

"Under the circumstances that Jessica Burgess was discovered, it is common for the Livingston Police Department to perform a thorough investigation of the scene and request an autopsy be performed to determine the cause of death," a press release from the Livingston Police Department said.

Polk County Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino pronounced Jessica Burgess dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy be done by Forensic Medical Management Services of Texas.

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