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Update: No ID yet of body connected to Jessie Bardwell case

Jessie Bardwell
Jessie Bardwell

Texas police on Monday still await the identification of a woman found dead in a rural Texas town, and officials said the discovery of the body is directly correlated to the disappearance of Pascagoula native Jessie Bardwell.

Richardson Police Sergeant Kevin Perlich said the ID was slated to come by the end of the day Monday, but he said officials have yet to hear from the medical examiner's office.

"We were optimistic we would have it on Friday. Once they (medical examiner's office) feels comfortable, and they let the family know, we'll release that information," he said.

Authorities discovered the body of a female on May 19 in a rural area of Farmersville, Texas, a small town northeast of Dallas. Perlich wouldn't go into detail, but he said the investigation into Bardwell's disappearance led them to the site.

Bardwell had moved to Richardson, Texas after Christmas to live with her boyfriend, Jason Lowe.

After not hearing from her on Mother's Day, Bardwell's father, Gary Bardwell of Pascagoula, filed a missing persons report.

An investigation turned up evidence to arrest Lowe on a murder charge in connection with Bardwell's disappearance, Perlich said. According to a police affidavit, authorities found Lowe's vehicle covered in mud. Inside of his Audi, authorities said it smelled like human decay.

Agents with the FBI's Evidence Recovery Team processed the site of the discovery, a wooded area next to a field several hundred yards from the nearest road.

According to the affidavit, investigators gathered blood evidence from the trunk of Lowe's vehicle. They noted he had cuts on his hands.

Perlich said Lowe hasn't spoken to investigators since he hired an attorney.

SunHerald will update this story.

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