Body found in debris in Chambers Co.

September 24, 2008 9:44:48 PM PDT
The Texas death toll from Hurricane Ike has reached at least 27 with the discovery of a body in debris in southern Chambers County. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | School closings | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim | Latest power numbers

Sheriff Joe LaRive on Wednesday announced the recovery of the unidentified woman. LaRive says searchers Tuesday afternoon discovered the body, clad only in a bra.

The white female appears to be in her late 40's or early 50's, medium build with brownish hair, with highlights. Her body was in debris near a road, north of the Moody Wildlife Refuge.

LaRive, in a statement, says it appears the cause of death was drowning.

The sheriff says dogs are being used in the continuing search of debris fields from Ike, which hit the Texas coast on Sept. 13.

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