Body found believed to be Leanne Bearden

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 05:43 PM CST
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GARDEN RIDGE, Texas -- Officials believe a body found in a wooded area behind a home in Garden Ridge Thursday is that of Leanne Bearden.

Officials said a man discovered the body around 12: 15 p.m. while he was walking in the woods behind his home on the 21,600 block of Fairview Circle.

The Garden Ridge Police Chief said jewelry, ID and a backpack were found with the body. The chief believes the area had been searched before but said it is very wooded. Investigators are not speculating on a cause of death and will wait for the results of an autopsy.

The 33-year old Colorado woman was last seen on January 17, when she told her family members that she was going for a walk.

Her family hired a private investigator to search for her and had offered $10,000 for information on her exact location and a another $10,000 for information that led to her return.

Leanne Hecht Bearden Timeline:

January 17 -- Bearden goes missing at 1:30 p.m. after going on a walk.
January 18 -- Newsroom contacted via e-mail about Bearden missing.
January 25 -- Garden Ridge Police conducts 23-square mile search for Bearden before 5 p.m weekend newscast.
January 25 -- Garden Ridge Police call OFF the search for Bearden by 10 p.m weekend newscast. Say they will NOT resume the search for her the following day. Say they DON'T believe foul play was involved, but fear she might be lost or disoriented. Say NO signs of her were found during search.
January 30 -- Bearden's family says she might have left on her free will. Says the pressure of transitioning from her 2-year trip abroad to normal life left her stressed and anxious.
January 30 -- Bearden's family's private investigator Charlie Parker says new evidence suggest Bearden left voluntarily. Says her phone records suggest it and her backpack was missing too.
February 7 -- Private investigator Charlie Parker says Bearden might have been spotted in Austin.
February 11 -- Bearden's family offers $20,000 reward for her safe return. $10,000 for information on her exact information and another $10,000 for information leading to her return.

Body found believed to be Leanne Bearden
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