Autopsy Report: Roswell Native Likely Committed Suicide

Leanne Hecht Bearden, a Roswell High School graduate, had been missing since Jan. 17 until she was found dead Thursday near the Texas home where she had been staying.

Leanne Hecht Bearden. Courtesy Our Friend Leanne Hecht Bearden Facebook page
Leanne Hecht Bearden. Courtesy Our Friend Leanne Hecht Bearden Facebook page
Results from a preliminary autopsy indicate that a Roswell High School graduate who went missing in Texas last month likely committed suicide hours after she disappeared.

ABC News reported Saturday that Leanne Hecht Bearden, a Roswell native and University of Georgia graduate, appears to have died of asphyxiation due to hanging. Final results of the autopsy will not be made public until toxicology test results are in.

Bearden’s body was found in a wooded area on Thursday in the San Antonio suburb where she and her husband were visiting.

The 33-year-old had gone for a walk in Garden Ridge, Texas on Jan. 17 and never came back.

Bearden and husband, Josh Bearden, had recently returned from a two-year trip around the world. The couple, who resided in Denver, Colo., prior to their globe-trotting adventure, were visiting Josh’s family in Texas when she took off on what was supposed to be a 60-minute excursion.

Previously, Josh Bearden had told "Good Morning America" that his wife, "was having some difficulties adjusting back to life in the United States after being on the road."

Her family, who reportedly still live in the metro Atlanta area, posted a statement on the Facebook page dedicated to locating Bearden:

Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne. We wish to thank the myriad of people who helped us search for Leanne and who supported us during this entire nightmare. We also wish to thank the members of the media who helped us tell our story. We thank the Garden Ridge Police Department and the other many agencies that provided such caring service to us. We especially thank the Heidi Search Center for their wonderful help and support. Although this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we draw comfort and strength from the outpouring of prayers, actions, and good wishes from all, including over 20,000 Facebook friends. We ask your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman, and we will all miss her greatly.


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