Leanne Bearden's autopsy rules death as suicide

Leanne Bearden's autopsy rules death as suicide

Leanne Bearden's autopsy rules death as suicide

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by Bailey McGowan / Kens5.com

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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The autopsy for Leanne Bearden revealed she died of asphyxia by hanging and was ruled a suicide by the Medical Examiner's office, according to a press release from the city of Garden Ridge, near San Antonio.

The report was consistent with other investigations and the case is now closed, according to the release. 

The body of Leanne Bearden was found in the 21600 block of Fairview Circle on Feb. 13, after she went missing three weeks earlier. 

The body was found in a wooded area behind a home around noon that day, according to investigators at the time. Her body was found just a few blocks from her in-law's home where she was last seen by family members.
 
 
Police were able to confirm it was Bearden by her backpack and ID at the time. 
 
Homeowners in the area were asked by reverse 911 to search their properties shortly after Bearden disappeared, according to Greg Pyles with Texas Search and Rescue. Homeowners were also told that the are was searched several times by the family and that's why is wasn't included in the search eight days after her disappearance. 
 
The family released a statement on Feb. 13 that thanked the Garden Ridge Police and other agencies for their help in the search for Leanne. The family had offered a $20,000 reward. 
 
Bearden and her husband, Josh, had just spent the past two years traveling around the world.
 
Early on, Josh Bearden told WFAA's sister station KENS 5: 
 
"Again, at this time there is no evidence that points to any crime being committed, but the lack of any real credible information and lack of contact by Leanne to any of us has us extremely worried and we just want to know that Leanne is OK." 

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