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Search for missing woman comes to a heartbreaking end

Caddo coroner’s office releases identity of woman hit by vehicle on I-20
Heather Diane Russell, 40
Heather Diane Russell, 40(CPSO)
Published: Jan. 1, 2022 at 6:45 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2022 at 10:49 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Nearly 20 units with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office spent much of Saturday searching for a missing woman.

CPSO officials say they were searching for a 40-year-old Heather Diane Russell, who reportedly left her home in the Devers Road area about noon on New Year’s Day to walk in an area she frequented.

Family members say she never returned home, so they contacted the Sheriff’s Office around 4 p.m. that day.

A drone and K-9s were sent out to find the woman. Officials said she does have a medical condition.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office was called out to Devers Road Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 to...
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office was called out to Devers Road Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 to search for a missing woman who went for a walk and never returned home.(KSLA)

With temperatures in Shreveport expected to drop into the mid- to upper 20s Saturday night, the law officers were trying to find the woman before it got dangerously cold.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office was called out to Devers Road Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 to...
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office was called out to Devers Road Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 to search for a missing woman who went for a walk and never returned home.(KSLA)

The Sheriff’s Office also responded to an accident involving a pedestrian at Exit 3 on Interstate 20. That’s not far from where they were searching for Russell.

K9s with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office are searching for missing woman, Heather Diane...
K9s with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office are searching for missing woman, Heather Diane Russell, 40.(KSLA)

Russell’s family confirmed to KSLA News 12 that she was hit by a car at that location, killing her.

And on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 2, the Caddo coroner’s office identified Russell as the woman who was struck by a motor vehicle near mile marker 3 in the eastbound lanes of I-20 just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1. She died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered.

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