ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Investigators with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office are now treating the death of a 30-year-old Pollok woman as a murder investigation.
Children playing in a wooded area near the Rivercrest community discovered Elisha Maxine Henson's body at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Henson's body was found near the Angelina River.
On Monday, Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches confirmed that the search for answers in regard to Henson's death has become a murder investigation.
Capt. Alton Lenderman said when the call first came in, they thought it might have been a drowning victim. However, once ACSO deputies and investigators arrived on the scene, they determined that Henson hadn't drowned. Angelina County authorities hurried to collect evidence before sunset Saturday.
"We determined it was not a drowning but a homicide," Lenderman said Saturday. "The body has been here at least two to three days."
Lenderman said two tattoos found on the body helped authorities identify the dead woman as Henson within hours of when her body was discovered
Authorities said Sunday that Henson was last seen driving her vehicle on April 27. Then, on May 1, her family filed a missing person report with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
Now ACSO investigators need the public's help in finding out how Henson got there and who might have seen her last. They are also on the lookout for her vehicle, a green 1996 four-door Toyota. The license plate number is 073HJN.
According to the Angelina County Jail Website, Henson's arrest record dates back to June 2001. She was arrested for public intoxication, terroriststic threat, injury to a child/an elderly person, or a disabled person, driving while license invalid, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Henson's most recent arrest was on March 20.
If you have any information about this case, please call the Angelina County Sheriff's Office at (936) 634-3331.