Woman's Body Found In Backyard

The body of an East Texas woman was found last night, buried in her backyard. The prime suspect is her son. The Smith County Sheriff's Department says 62-year-old Carolyn Click was reported missing Nov. 25. Last night, a search and rescue team from Shreveport dug up Click's body behind her home on CR 2323 in Whitehouse. Authorities suspect her 42-year-old son, Tracy Beatty, beat her to death. Sheriff J.B. Smith says Beatty has a long list of past criminal offenses, including violently attacking his mother. Authorities say Beatty lived with his mother at this trailer. They say Beatty leaked information to other prison inmates and neighbors about the killing. Beatty was booked into the Henderson County Jail last week for theft and drug charges. Authorities say he has not yet been charged in his mother's death.

Julie Tam, reporting.