Woman’s body found in woods near area where police investigating disappearance of 43-year-old woman: HPD

Woman’s body found in woods near area where police investigating disappearance of 43-year-old woman: HPD (Copyright 2023 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

A woman’s body has been found Wednesday in a wooded area in southeast Houston near the location where police say they were investigating the disappearance of a 43-year-old mother who was last seen in northeast Houston a week ago, according to police.

Houston police say the body was found by city of Houston employees who were canvassing the area for renovations at 2 p.m. in the 4600 block of Wilmington Street.

Police would not confirm if the body was the missing woman, identified as Leslie Obi. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office will identity the body and cause of death.

On Tuesday, officers with the Houston Police Department were seen removing bags from an apartment in connection with Obi’s disappearance. Police said they suspect foul play in this case.

Obi was last seen in the 8200 block of Ley Road on Jan. 11.

While Obi is from northeast Houston, the apartment that was searched was located on Scott Street on Houston’s south side. Police said she may have been at the apartment prior to her disappearance.

“She gets along with everybody. She’s got a good heart. She’s down to earth, and she’s loving,” said Obi’s sister, Lacastle Price.

Officials said it is unknown what clothing Obi was wearing at the time of her reported disappearance.

“We know that she was seen at 4:30 in the morning in an apartment only a block from where we are right now, and then she wasn’t there in the afternoon. So, we’re going through surveillance to go ahead and see if we can really see what time all this happened” said Tim Miller, the founder of Texas EquuSearch.

Detectives said they obtained physician evidence inside the apartment and are waiting on tests to see if Obi was there or not.

Police said there is no suspect or person of interest at this time.

Anyone with information on Leslie’s whereabouts or concerning her disappearance is asked to call the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

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