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Woman found dead in drainage ditch in Texarkana

The body of an elderly white female was found in a drainage ditch in the 3900 block of...
The body of an elderly white female was found in a drainage ditch in the 3900 block of Jefferson Avenue in Texarkana, Ark. on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.(Matt Rourke | AP)
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 12:07 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 1:56 PM CST
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TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) - An woman’s body was found in a drainage ditch in Texarkana, Ark. Friday morning (Nov. 19).

Officials with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department say they got the call around 9 a.m. Someone in a nearby neighborhood found her in a culvert in the 3900 block of Jefferson Avenue.

The body has been identified as that of Judy Martin, 55, of Texarkana, Ark.

Officials say they were able to watch surveillance footage from the nearby EZ-Mart convenience store and saw Martin walking near the drainage ditch around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. She then disappears from view. The cause of her death is currently unclear.

Martin’s family has been notified; an autopsy will be performed.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on what happened is asked to call TAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division at 903-798-3154.

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