By Morgan Thomas - email
LIVINGSTON, Texas (KTRE) - A family matriarch trying to stay strong for the rest of the family.
Bobbie Segrest is struggling.
"I just pray that this will never, ever happen to anyone ever because it's heart-breaking," Heather Dorris' grandmother said. "Unreal, its just something out of a nightmare," said Bonnie Segrest, Heather's maternal grandma.
The nightmare began for this grandmother with an early morning visit.
"Police man from the sheriff's department and an investigator came Thursday morning and asked me to sit down," she said.
The news was bad.
"There were some gentleman on their way to work 6:45 that morning who came upon the car and as they got closer they could see there was an individual lying in the middle of the road," Chief Deputy Byron Lyons said.
The body was that of her granddaughter found next to her own car.
Only hours before, Heather and her kids were visiting Segrest.
A 7-month-old boy and 4-year-old girl, now without a mom.
"Lost their mother, just very concerned and worried," Segrest said. "Got to work something out to raise and care for them."
Investigators are now searching for leads about what happened here early Thursday morning. The family just wants justice."
Lyons says he wants answers for the children.
"We're taking our time, being meticulous with evidence and interviews," he said. "We want to make sure we cover everything."
Now a call for witnesses to move this investigation forward. No detail is too small.
"Any type of information no matter how little you think it is," Lyons said. "Give us a call and let us know. Any noises, any vehicles, doors slamming, lights seen on that night."
Right now, they're tight-lipped on how Dorris was killed.
"That's the type of information we would want to receive from witnesses or any persons of interests that may have that information to share with us," Lyons said.
For Segrest, life after her granddaughter is unimaginable.
"Everything was wonderful about her," she said. "She is beautiful, precious mother, granddaughter."
She's refusing to give up until a killer is behind bars, for Dorris and for the community.
If you have any type of information about the death, call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP.
They are trying to uncover a timeline of the events leading up to Thursday at 6:45 a.m.