Garden Ridge police confirm body of Leanne Bearden found in wooded area

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by Bailey McGowan & Andrew Delgado / Kens5.com

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Posted on February 13, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 5:31 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Garden Ridge police confirmed at 3:45 p.m. Thursday that a body found in Garden Ridge earlier in the afternoon was that of Leanne Bearden, the woman who had been missing for more than three weeks.

Investigators said a man discovered the body at 12:18 p.m. in a wooded area behind his home.

Police were able to confirm it was Bearden by her backpack and ID. There's no word on the cause of death or whether foul play is suspected.

The body was found  just a few blocks from Bearden's in-laws' home, where she was last seen before going for a run, family members said.

The discovery came after a $20,000 reward was offered by Bearden's family Wednesday.

Police and various law-enforcement agencies had conducted numerous searches for Bearden and still had come up empty-handed.

The Bearden family even hired a private investigator, who later said there was a "strong possibility" that Bearden had left on her own accord. Parker had been as far as Laredo and Austin after people reported seeing someone matching Bearden's description there. 

Bearden and her husband, Josh, had just spent the past two years traveling around the world. Prior to Thursday's discovery, her family said they thought the "pressure of transitioning" back into normal life had left Bearden stressed. 

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