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Police: Leanne Bearden's death ruled a suicide

Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 05:48 PM CST
Police: Leanne Bearden
GARDEN RIDGE, Texas -- Authorities have confirmed Leanne Bearden's death was a suicide.

The announcement was made through a news release Friday afternoon after results of an autopsy were released. The preliminary autopsy results indicate asphyxiation by hanging, authorities said.

"The investigative information indicates the death occurred a short time after she was seen leaving the residence for a walk," reads the news release.

On Thursday, a man discovered Bearden's body around 12:15 p.m. while he was walking in the woods behind his home in the 21600 block of Fairview Circle.

Bearden was reported missing on Jan. 17. She was last seen on Sumac Lane in Garden Ridge, approximately 0.7 miles away from where her body was discovered.Police: Leanne Bearden's death ruled a suicide
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