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03/17/08- Gregg County

Gregg County Authorities Name "Person of Interest" in Grim Cold Case

Gregg county authorities are announcing a lead in a cold case. A "person of interest" is announced in relation to a burned body found on the side of the road a year and a half ago.  

 On October 29, 2006 the body of an unidentified woman was found in Kilgore, off of Fritz Swanson Road". Today, Gregg county authorities released a picture of Joseph Wayne Burnette, 30 of Longview.

Authorities say Burnette was the last person with the woman before she died.

From jail, Burnette has apparently admitted that he gave a woman a ride in his blue greenish dodge pick-up truck. The woman he gave a ride to fits the description of the dead woman.  Authorities say Burnette gave the woman a ride  just hours before the unidentified woman was killed. "If anybody has specifically seen Joseph Wayne Burnette with this victim in this dodge pick-up truck, at  a local restaurant , motel, or park, we want them to contact us. Hopefully, we can get some leads and identify who this victim is," said Mike Claxton of the Gregg County Sheriff's Department. 

 The woman is believed to be between 17-22 years of age, 5'03"-5'05", and probably average weight.  Investigators say the victim was wearing blue jeans, a mauve and purplish colored long-sleeved shirt or sweater. If you recognize this woman, please call the Gregg County Sheriff's office.      

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting.

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