Body Found in Houston Is Indeed Missing Mom

Heidi Broussard's body identified; DNA tests being done on baby found alive at same location
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2019 7:00 AM CST
Body Identified as Missing Texas Mom
In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 photo, FBI agents canvas the neighborhood searching for information on Heidi Broussard, a missing Austin, Texas, woman and her infant daughter in South Austin, Texas. Authorities recovered a woman's body and found a child safe in a home on the outskirts of Houston....   (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The body of missing Texas mom Heidi Broussard has been identified, the AP reports. The 33-year-old's body, found more than 100 miles away from her hometown of Austin, was positively identified by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, which called her death a homicide by strangulation. Although police had a suspect in custody who has been charged with kidnapping and tampering with a corpse, by Friday evening they had not announced any murder charges. Broussard disappeared Dec. 12 along with her 1-month-old daughter after dropping her 6-year-old son off at school; a healthy baby that looks like the missing infant was found at the same Houston house where Broussard's body was found, but DNA test results are still confirming her identification. (The suspect in custody is a woman Broussard once called her "best friend.")

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