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12/07/06-Longview

Female Body Found In Woods Identified

A gruesome discovery in a wooded area of an East Texas community. Police say a female body was found around 10:30 Wednesday night off of Shelton Street, just North of East Whaley Street in Longview.

Thursday morning, yellow crime scene tape marked off about a block of a heavily wooded area. One hundred yards into it, police discovered the body of a unknown white female. 

"We started this about 10:30 last night, the detectives have been working on it all night," says Shaun Pendleton with the Longview Police Department.

Thursday afternoon, they identified the woman as Deena Meshane Cedillo,40, also known as Deena Meshane Garcia of Longview. 

Back in June, she was arrested for prostitution in an undercover sting operation. Police are not certain if that has anything to do with her death.

"At this point we're not even classifying it as a homicide," says Pendleton.

But people in the area have their suspicions.

"The hookers, they use this side street sometimes because the police are hot on [Highway] 80...we get girls knocking sometimes saying someone's hit them," says Bill Barnes who works at Cloud's Food Services across the street.

Investigators also towed a 1990 Chevy Suburban out of the woods, but would not say whether this is connected to the case.  

Cedillo's body has been taken to the Southeast Texas Forensics Center in Tyler to find a cause of death. Preliminary results are pending.  

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.    

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