CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A preliminary autopsy conducted on a woman's remains found in a grassy median on US 69 in Cherokee County failed to give officials a cause of death or a positive identity.
Capt. John Raffield said the body will now be taken to the North Texas Anthropology Department for an anthropological exam, along with identifiers from the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, like dental records, on Sheila Morton, 32, who was reported missing on June 2.
Road workers mowing the median found the decomposed body in the area of County Road 2620, which is just north of Wells, on Wednesday.
Investigators from Angelina County reported to the scene to try to determine if the body could by that of Morton.
Raffield said there was a hope today that the preliminary autopsy would provide answers. For example, there could have been a note in the pockets which indicated an identification. He said now it could be days or even months before there are answers for Morton's family.