HOUSTON – A body that was found in north Harris County on Monday has been positively identified as the mother who was reported missing on July 26 after she failed to show up for work, Harris County Sheriff's deputies said Friday.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office was called to Blanca Pena's home in the 3730 block of Farlan Lane in the Sablechase Subdivision at about 10:45 a.m. last Saturday.

Pena's adult son, who lives at the residence, called deputies after he went to check on her in her bedroom and found that the entry door had been forced open and there was a significant amount of blood on the carpet, investigators said.

Pena wasn't inside the home and she could not be reached via her cell phone. Homicide detectives were called to the residence and Pena was reported as a missing person.

Equusearch began to canvas the area around Pena's home on Sunday and about a dozen volunteers gathered Monday.

Then a man walking his dog in the 13410 block of Bammel North Houston road Monday discovered a body at about 1:10 p.m. after his dog picked up on a scent. The body was covered with a blanket and was lying in tall grass near the edge of the woods, close to a waste water-treatment plant.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences arrived and recovered the body. The victim's family members believed the body was her based on items recovered at the scene.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Science used fingerprints to make a positive identification.

Anyone with information regarding Pena's death is asked to contact the department's homicide unit at 713-967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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