Update: No criminal activity suspected in death of Gladewater woman

Friday, January 4, 2013 - 2:42pm

Chief Farrell Alexander said a combination of the elements and health problems could have contributed to the woman’s death, but until an autopsy is completed and returned there is no known cause of death.

There were no signs of a struggle or life-threatening injuries, the police chief said.
Holcomb’s body was discovered Thursday morning in a wooded area off of Gay Avenue. She had been reported missing after wandering away from a residence where she had been staying.

Alexander said Holcomb had a long history of health problems and had previously wandered away from the residence.

Information from Longview News Journal

Gladewater police tell Fox 51 a missing person was found dead in the woods by a search party Thursday morning.

At 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the 610 block of Gay Avenue on a missing person report. The caller told authorities Heather Marie Holcomb, 39, who had been staying at the address with the informant, had disappeared.

The caller stated she had allegedly walked away from the house during the night and was brought back inside after being found. Later in the morning, she was once again discovered missing and reported to the police. Holcomb is said to have suffered from mental health problems.

Authorities immediately began to search the area for Holcumb, and after daylight, a larger search party was formed. She was eventually found dead in the 700 block of Gay Avenue, located well off the road and into a heavily wooded area.

Law enforcement is currently trying to determine if any foul play was involved.


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