Missing Austin mother found dead near Jersey Village was strangled, medical examiner says

‘Close friend’ of Heidi Broussard charged in case

HOUSTON – An Austin woman whose body was found at a home near Jersey Village on Thursday died from strangulation, according to the website of the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

During a news conference Friday, Austin police Chief Brian Manley said detectives believe the body that was found in the trunk of a car at a home on Bo Jack Drive in the Rolling Fork neighborhood northwest of Houston is that of 33-year-old Heidi Broussard. Officials at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed the identity of the body as Broussard and that she died from ligature strangulation.

Broussard and her newborn girl, Margot Carey, were reported missing Dec. 12.

Detectives said they received a tip Thursday that led them to the Bo Jack Drive home. Once there, investigators took a person they encountered outside into custody. That person has been described in reports as a “close friend” of Broussard.

Here’s a closer look at the case:

Baby also found

Manley said a baby who is in good health was also found at the home near Jersey Village. He said investigators believe the child is Margot, but DNA tests are being conducted to confirm the child’s identity.

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