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Body found in vehicle in Texas lake identified as Irving resident Brenda Montanez


Irving, Texas. February 18, 2019

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office officials say a body recovered from a lake has been positively identified as a woman reported missing.

Officials found Brenda Montanez’s vehicle submerged in a lake Friday afternoon.

The body of a woman, later identified as Montanez, was found inside the vehicle.

There were no signs of trauma on the body and water was found in Montanez’s lungs, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said.

Montanez’s 2011 Mazda was recovered at around 4:30 p.m. Friday near a boat ramp at Cedar Creek Reservoir in Log Cabin.

Officials has been searching for the 25-year-old since she was reported missing in January.

A search team from Illinois came to assist with the search, Hillhouse said.

Using sonar, they were able to locate an object in the lake, which was later determined to be Montanez’s vehicle.

Montanez’s body was sent to American Forensics for an autopsy.

Investigators awaiting a toxicology report.

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