A body believed to be of a Texas mother who disappeared after watching a movie at a co-worker’s home earlier this month was found in a creek bed, authorities said.
A volunteer search party on Monday found the body of a “female meeting the description” of Emily Wade, a 38-year-old woman who lived with her 7-year-old daughter and her mother in Ennis, about 35 miles southeast of Dallas, cops said.
“The body was found in a creek bed that was known to be flooding on the night Emily Wade went missing,” department officials said in a statement. “The Ennis Police Department would like to share our appreciation for all the volunteers and assisting agencies that have spent countless hours over the past two weeks searching for Emily Wade.”
An autopsy will be conducted by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the identity of the body and to determine a cause of death, police said.
Relatives of Wade – who worked as a waitress at Chili’s and was last seen on Jan. 5 – told KTRK that they hadn’t seen her since she went to a co-worker’s house to eat pizza and watch a movie. A witness told investigators he saw her leave the residence at about 8:30 p.m., but the young mother never made back to her apartment. Her car, a silver 2012 Nissan Altima, still has not been found, according to the station.
A member of the volunteer search party said the body found on Monday was discovered amid “really thick” vegetation.
“It was so thick, we couldn’t get in to where she was found,” Toney Wade told the station. “It was just really, really thick.”
Wade previously moved to Ennis to help her mother, Shirley Wade, recover from back surgery before returning to Louisville, Kentucky, before relocating to Texas again to move in with her mother. Wade’s former boyfriend and the father of her daughter, Jared Jones, also lives in Ennis, KDFW reports.
“Everything has been just copacetic and beautiful,” Jones said of their relationship. “It’s nothing she would run away from.”
Investigators told the station that they had cleared Jones as a suspect, as well as Wade’s mother and the co-worker as persons of interest in the woman’s disappearance. Her cellphone had been turned off, making the device untraceable by detectives, according to the station.
Wade’s relatives asked for privacy after Monday’s discovery. The young mother’s body will be transported back to Kentucky for burial, WFAA reports.
Jones told the station earlier this month that he was distraught about how to tell his daughter that Wade couldn’t be found for more than four days.
“We just want her home,” Jones told WFAA. “It’s going to break her heart. We don’t know what to say to her but we’re going to have to say something to her. She’s very intuitive and she knows something is wrong.”
Wade, according to her Facebook profile, attended Harrison County High School in Cynthiana, Kentucky, before moving to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015. A year later, she moved to Ennis, Texas, and took a job at Chili’s. Wade’s profile features several pictures of her with a young girl believed to be her daughter and Jones, who had organized several searches for the missing woman.
“Her family, her daughter and I are very worried,” Jones wrote on Jan. 7, two days after Wade disappeared.
Jones, meanwhile, declined comment when reached Tuesday by The Post.
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