The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 6, 2012

Sheriff releases name, cause of death of woman found north of Palestine

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office released the name and cause of death Tuesday morning of the human remains found Oct. 14 in a wooded area north of Palestine on Texas 155.

The body was identified as Deborah LeAnn Vickery, 35, of the Tyler area, with the cause of death determined to be a gunshot wound.

“The evidence has been sent to DPS labs,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “Our officers — Capt. Jay Russell and Investigator Lee Duran — along with two Texas Rangers are working on the case.”

Around 4 p.m. on Oct. 14, Anderson County sheriff’s deputies responded to a wooded area near the northwest corner of the intersection of Texas 155 and FM 321 after receiving a report of a body being located there by the property owner.

Due to the body’s condition, Troy Black, chief deputy for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators were unable to determine the deceased person’s “race, sex or age” at that time.

On Oct. 17, Black reported that authorities had made some determinations relating to the deceased person’s identity — that it was a white female in her mid-30s.

Anyone with information about the victim is asked to contact Anderson County Crime Stoppers at 903-729-TIPS (8477) or by contacting the ACSO at 903-729-6068.

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