Investigation underway after woman's body found in ditch near damaged car south of I-10, police say

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A woman was found dead south of I-10 in Abilene at Wayside after police responded to a crash, but they say she was possibly beaten.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Many questions remain after a woman was found dead in a ditch on the side of the road in northeast Houston Saturday morning.

Houston police received the call shortly after 3 a.m. in the Denver Harbor neighborhood near Abilene and Wayside.

Officers said they found the woman's body next to a black Lexus IS 300 with damage to the front. They believe she was in her 30s or 40s.

Based on preliminary information, investigators believe she might have been involved in a crash and got out to check the damage before she died.

"The front bumper is in the back of the trunk. But as for where an accident happened or if an accident happened. We don't know at this time," Det. David Hobson said.

Detectives were seen interviewing a man inside one of the police vehicles, but he was not arrested, and no charges were filed.

Officials believe he might've been in a relationship with the woman and was in the car with her earlier that morning. They said she was likely the one driving because of the placement of the seats.

Friends and family were at the scene, visibly distraught. They declined to speak to ABC13 on camera.

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