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UPDATE: Cause of death for woman found on I-20 released

Melissa Diane Gonzales. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail. Melissa Diane Gonzales. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.

UPDATE 2-06-12: According to the medical examiner's office in Tarrant County, 39-year-old Melissa Diane Gonzales died of a drug overdose. Autopsy results indicate that Gonzales had cocaine in her system.

UPDATE: According to the Gregg County Sheriff's Department, officials are still waiting on the toxicology report on Melissa Diane Gonzales. There are no signs of physical trauma.


Authorities are waiting on the report to determine if the it was a natural cause, a medical emergency, or other cause.

UPDATE: The Gregg County Sheriff's Office has announced the identity of the body found along I-20 on Wednesday.

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A forensic lab in Dallas identified the body as 39-year-old Melissa Diane Gonzales of Longview.

A chance discovery by a pedestrian on I-20, leads to the gruesome investigation of a dead body in Gregg County.

A hitchhiker walking westbound made the discovery around noon on Wednesday, on I-20, one mile west of Estes Parkway.

Investigators are trying to unravel the mystery of who the woman is, and what happened.

A small army of investigators swarmed the area on the north-side of I-20, looking for something that would tell them what happened.

A hitchhiker walking along the shoulder just happened to notice a body and called authorities. Later in the afternoon, identified the body as that of a female.

Chief Deputy Chuck Williford of the Gregg County Sheriff's Office says, "We are trying to figure out what happened. It is early on, so we don't have a lot of answers right now. It's early and we're trying to piece together what happened."
Photos were taken and troopers were making measurements on the chance that there may have been a vehicle involved. But there's no visible clue as to what happened.

Found about 10 to 15 feet from the guard rail, the manner of death is unknown.

It's unknown exactly how long the woman's body had been there, but investigators say had it not been for the hitchhiker, the woman's body may have been here without discovery for a long time.

They have more questions than answers, and hope forensic examination will solve the mystery.

It may be some time before we have any answers.

The woman's body will be sent to Dallas for autopsy and identification.

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