The autopsy report on a body discovered on Tuesday, July 23, in the 1400 block of Black Champ Road has been confirmed as a homicide, said Lt. Rick White in the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Crime Investigations Department.

“A bullet was found in the victim’s head,” White said. “We still don’t have an identity on her, but we do feel like there are ties to Dallas with this case.”

White added that people exercising in that area around 11:30 a.m. found what they thought looked like a body and called the sheriff’s office.

“Deputies were dispatched to the location, which is in the unincorporated area of Ellis County,” White said. “The area was secured as a crime scene, and it is believed that the body had been there less than one week.”

Investigators determined she is approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed approximately 115 pounds. She is also believed to be of African-American heritage, and she was wearing a black or dark gray tank top, blue jean shorts and white Nike tennis shoes with purple shoelaces.  

The investigation so far indicates the female victim suffered fatal trauma at a location other than where she was found.

It is also believed the body was put in the wooded area in hopes it would not be discovered.

“We are still searching for her identity, and so is Dallas,” White said. “We are hoping to get this part resolved as soon as possible, so if you have any information that could help us identify her, please get in touch with our department.”

You may contact Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Joe Fitzgerald at 972-825-4928.

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