AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities have found the body of a woman who was reported missing by her fiance a week ago.
Austin police say K-9 crews found 47-year-old Angela L. Morris’ body in a wooded area behind a business complex at the corner of West Courtyard Drive and North Capital of Texas Highway/Loop 360 Sunday morning just before 10 a.m.
Morris was last seen walking northbound on Capital of Texas Highway on Monday, Aug. 20 at approximately 2 p.m. after her car broke down. Morris’ fiance, Andi Davies, said they were driving along the highway around 11:15 a.m. when they had a tire blow out near Lakewood Drive. They put a spare on but after going a couple of miles, the spare also blew out at Capital of Texas Highway and Courtyard Drive.
After the second blow out, Davies, an amputee, said Morris walked back along the highway from Courtyard Drive towards Lakewood Drive to find the locking lug nut they left on the side of the road from the first flat. But hours later, she never came back.
Police Chief Brian Manley says Davies called police just before 7:30 p.m. An officer arrived about 30 minutes later. The initial officer spent approximately 15 minutes driving around looking for Morris but because it was getting dark, he took the information from Davies and filed a “BOLO – Be On the Lookout” report, Manley explains.
Morris’ fiance did tell police she had a medical condition that made her susceptible to heat and heat-related incidents. “He went so far as to say that after a 30-40 minute walk she would have to rest and it could make her disoriented,’ says Manley.
Over the course of the next few days, Manley says officers checked with jails and hospitals to make sure she hadn’t shown up there. A helicopter search of the area on Aug. 24 also came up empty, police say.
K-9 crews, detectives and members from the Texas Game Wardens and Travis County Search and Rescue team were out searching for Morris on Sunday and that’s when they found her body — approximately half-a-mile away from where her car broke down.
The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine her cause of death. However, police say they do not believe there is any foul play.
For Manley, he says his department is looking at how they handled Morris’ missing person’s case and whether or not more could’ve been done.
“In the aftermath of such a tragic incident, we can do no less. We have to look at what happened here and we have to look and see if there are opportunities to improve our policies and procedures and ensure we stayed consistent with them,” says Manley.
Building management at the Bridgepoint Plaza, which is located on Courtyard Road, tells KXAN Morris did come into their building on Aug. 20. The building has handed their surveillance footage over to police. Manley says the video showed Morris go into the buildng and exit through the rear towards the greenbelt.
“On behalf of Andi Davies, Angela’s fiance’, and the Morris family, we’d like to thank the Austin Police Department and supportive community who helped raise awareness of Angela’s disappearance,” a family friend wrote in a statement to KXAN.