Investigators working to ID body found in Walker County

Published: Feb. 13, 2017 at 5:19 PM CST
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The Walker County Sheriff's Office is investigating separate deaths in different parts of the county.

They say a woman confessed to stabbing her boyfriend.

In a completely separate case investigators need your help identifying a body found Monday.

Neighbors along FM 3411 are feeling nervous.

Monday morning a woman was found dead in the woods at a vacant farm house and property.

Investigators say the woman found is white or Hispanic, 25 to 50 years old. She was wearing a dark colored hoodie, yellow pants, a black belt and white new balance tennis shoes.

Investigators need help identifying her.

They have sent her body for an autopsy to figure out a cause of death.

They are treating the case as a possible homicide but tell News 3 so far there's not any obvious signs of that.

On the other side of the county investigators had a busy weekend covering an alleged murder.

45-year-old Celinda Evonne Claus is charged with allegedly stabbing her boyfriend, 46-year-old Andrew Peavey.

Deputies found him dead on the front porch of her house with a stab wound to his chest.

Sheriff's investigators say she confessed to stabbing him at a home in the 1000 block of F-M 247, following a fight and drinking.

Investigators tell us she initially claimed he'd committed suicide, but physical evidence told another story.

Residents we talked to off camera say they are shocked to hear about both cases, one telling us she'd moved from the big city to get away from crime.

Celinda Claus remains in the Walker County Jail on 150 thousand dollars bond.

TUESDAY MIDDAY UPDATE: The Walker County Sheriff's office released some new details about a body found Monday morning, just outside Huntsville.

According to investigators, the body is a white or Hispanic woman, aged 25-50 with a medium build. Investigators said she was wearing a dark colored hoodie, bright yellow pants with a black belt, and white New Balance tennis shoes.

An autopsy has been ordered to figure out the exact cause of death.

If anyone has information about this crime, you can call the sheriff's office at 936-435-2400 or Crime Stoppers at 936-294-9494.

ORIGINAL STORY: Few details are being released about a death investigation near the city of Huntsville in Walker County.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office says deputies were sent to investigate a deceased person in the 700 block of FM 3411 at approximately 9:50 a.m. on Monday.

The Texas Rangers are assisting detectives with the investigation.

A news release sent to KBTX just before 5:00 p.m. did not specify if the body was on the side of the road, in a wooded area or at a nearby home.

Only a few homes and businesses are near the crime scene just off SH 19 near the southeast city limits of Huntsville.

A dispatcher at the Walker County Sheriff's Office on Monday evening said nobody was available to release additional information.

The news release did not say if there was anybody in custody or if there was a threat to the public. It also did not specify the gender of the victim.

"Sheriff Clint McRae will release further information when it becomes available," according to the news release.

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