JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The body of 36-year-old Carol Luckey was found late Wednesday, according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman. Luckey went missing from her home on March 22.
Around 5 p.m., two people were horseback riding at the Cypress Creek Hunting Club when they spotted Luckey's body.
The cause of death is unknown at this time, but there will be an autopsy performed Friday morning.
Luckey's mother reported her daughter missing after coming home to find her daughter's purse emptied on the floor and her car still in the driveway. However, Luckey was nowhere to be found.
The Buna community has joined together in search of Luckey.
"She was seen in this hunting club last Sunday around 5:45 p.m.,” said Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman.
Sunday morning, Texas Equusearch stepped in to lend a hand.
"The Sheriff called us in earlier today,” said Tim Miller, the founder and director of Texas Equusearch. "Just looking the area over, seeing what kind of resources we need to bring in that would be an asset. We've got a helicopter lined up now that's going to be here in the morning."
The Equusearch founder said the added volunteers provide strength in numbers on this difficult terrain.
"It's pretty rough,” said close family friend Andrea Rife. “They've been wanting us to search at least a hundred feet off the roadway, on every road. It's so thick out here with sticker bushes."
A bare footprint was found in the mud, just a mile past where Luckey's flip-flops lay in the woods.
"It gives you a whole lot of hope that maybe she is just down the road and maybe we can find her,” Rife said.
Luckey's family and friends both admit this is highly unusual behavior.
"With the circumstances, it is kind of unexpected,” Rife said. "She would not have left her purse. She would not have left her cell phone. There's a lot of unanswered questions that the family is looking for.”