Police: Body of missing Metro Atlanta woman found in Texas



ROSWELL, Ga. - Police in Texas say they believe they have found the body of Leanne Bearden, who grew up in the Atlanta area.

According to Garden Ridge Texas police, a woman’s body was found Thursday in a wooded area outside a resident’s home near San Antonio. Authorities believe the body is that of Leanne Bearden.

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Leanne Hecht Bearden was visiting her in-laws near San Antonio when she went out for a walk in January. She hasn't been heard from since.

Bearden graduated from Roswell High School and her parents still live in the Atlanta metro area.

Her brother, Michael Hecht, told Channel 2 Action News that Leanne is very fit and outdoorsy, but left wearing only a T-shirt and jeans.

Hecht said Leanne and her husband, Josh Bearden, had just returned from a two-year trip around the world. They had stopped in Texas to visit with family before moving to the Denver area.

Texas authorities say the Bearden and Hecht families have been notified.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed.

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