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7/20/07-Como

Woman's Body Found Along County Road

An East Texas woman is found dead along side a county road, and now investigators are trying to figure how she got there.   The 23-year-old's body was found in a ditch along County Road 2332 in Como by a man riding his bike early Friday morning.   She's been identified by family as Chrystal Vellenga of Como.

Vellenga was reported missing Wednesday afternoon. The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office says right now they're not ruling out any possibilities, including foul play or even medical reasons.

"We got a call from a family member saying she was missing.  We conducted a search last night, with DPS helicopter, the canines helped us, Como-Pickton Volunteer Fire Department ... everybody was here helping us, but we didn't locate her.  She was just a little further out of our search pattern. That's when she was found this morning," said investigator Lewis Tatum.

Vellenga's body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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