CPS Worker Found Dead

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Police and the family of a slain Victoria child-welfare official say she'd spoken of threats made to her at work.

The body of 53-year-old Sally Blackwell was found yesterday in rural Victoria County after her family had reported her missing after she didn't show up for work Tuesday.

Victoria police Lieutenant Mike Hernandez says the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Tina Taulbee says her stepmother had spoken of threats she'd received as a Child Protective Services program director. The agency investigates reports of abuse and neglect of children and -- if necessary -- places them in foster care.

Taulbee says this was the first time Blackwell "was actually scared" in the 15 to 16 years she'd worked for CPS.

The family is offering a five-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to the killer's conviction.