Body of missing Athens woman found

Body of missing Athens woman found

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - Athens Police say they have found the body of a woman missing from Athens since August.

According to a press release from the department, police were called to a business located in the 600 block of W. Corsicana Street in Athens shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.

The press release said an employee of the business reported finding a vehicle partially wedged in a small area behind the building which was not visible from adjoining streets. Officers found the body of 75-year old Diana Lynn Musella in the driver’s seat.

On August 8, 2018, Musella called her sister and said that she had become lost while driving. Musella stated that her car had somehow become disabled and that she was disoriented and unable to provide her location. After several attempts to locate Musella herself, her sister contacted law enforcement.

The press release said police initially attempted to locate Musella through cell phone data but received unreliable and inconsistent information from the cellular provider. Officers from the Athens Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety searched the immediate and outlying areas but were unable to locate her. A state-wide Silver Alert was issued but failed to produce viable leads.

The press release said that a preliminary investigation indicates that Musella drove the car behind the building where it became stuck and unable to move. The doors of the vehicle could not have been opened due to being obstructed by a fence and air conditioning units to the business.

Athens Police said although no foul play was suspected, Henderson County Justice of the Peace Milton Adams conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

They said part of the continuing investigation will be attempting to determine if Musella had suffered a medical condition on the day of her disappearance which may have contributed to her confusion and her inability to effectively communicate.

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