The next step in the sad end to the case of Leanne Bearden is for an autopsy to determine the cause of the 33 year old woman's death, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Police told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board that there were no signs of foul play when the body of the 33 year old Colorado woman was found in a wooded area just blocks from where she was last seen four weeks ago today.
Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O'Conner said Bearden's rings and other jewelry were found on her body, and were in fact used to make a positive identification.
Leanne was last seen January 17th when she left her in-laws home in Garden Ridge to take what she told her husband Joshua was a 'one hour walk.'
Family members had said during the month long search that the thought of having to return to her daily life after an exciting 22 month trip around the world. In fact, the couple was making plans to return to their home in Denver and get jobs as sales representatives the week after Leanne vanished.
O’Conner was frustrated that days of intense searching had not turned up the body, found just three blocks from where she was last seen.
“This is all part of the area we have walked,” she said. “We may have walked right by that area due to the trees and the brush.”
The Bearden family was not available for comment, but released a statement late Thursday.
“Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne,” the family said. “Although this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we draw comfort and strength from the outpouring of prayers, actions, and good wishes from all, including over 20,000 Facebook friends. We ask your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was lovely and remarkable young woman, and we will all miss her greatly.”