UPDATE: Body Believed to Be Missing Texas Woman Found in Wooded Area
A sad update to a story we brought you last month as Texas authorities say they've recovered the body of Leanne Bearden. The 33-year-old woman, known as a world traveler, disappeared from her in-laws' home in Garden Ridge on Jan. 17 after saying she was going for a walk.
Bearden and her husband, Josh, had recently returned to the U.S. after a nearly two-year adventure across the world, even scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. They had blogged about their journey throughout.
The body was found just after midnight Friday in a wooded area near a home in Garden Ridge. An autopsy will soon be performed.
The family posted the following message on a Facebook page dedicated to finding Bearden:
"Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne. We wish to thank the myriad of people who helped us search for Leanne and who supported us during this entire nightmare. We also wish to thank the members of the media who helped us tell our story. We thank the Garden Ridge Police Department and the other many agencies that provided such caring service to us. We especially thank the Heidi Search Center for their wonderful help and support. 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 a lovely and remarkable young woman, and we will all miss her greatly."