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Body found in Texas believed to be missing Kinston mom

Posted July 24, 2011
Updated July 25, 2011

— The remains of a woman found Sunday near Oyster Creek, about 60 miles south of Houston, are believed to be those of a missing Kinston mother, according to authorities in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Chief Deputy Craig Brady said that Raleigh police detectives who traveled to Texas to look for Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, believe the remains are hers.

It appears she was killed in North Carolina and that her body was taken to Texas, Brady said. The remains were dismembered.

A suspect has been detained, but his name has not been released.

Raleigh police detectives confirmed that they traveled to Texas to continue their investigation into Ackerson's disappearance, but declined to release any other information.

Joe Garza, a crime scene witness, said he saw authorities take two coolers wrapped in saran wrap, a gun and a saw out of a house.

Ackerson was last seen in Raleigh on July 13 and was reported missing two days later after she failed to pick up her two sons from their father in Raleigh. Her white 2006 Ford Focus was found in the Camden Crest Apartments, near Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road, on July 20.

Family and friends have said that she and her sons' father were involved in a custody battle and that their relationship had been "volatile."

Laura Ackerson Body found in Texas believed to be missing Kinston mom

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  • scarletindurham Jul 25, 11:36 a.m.

    How sad...... what is this world coming to? Now all 3 kids are without parents, they had such a beautiful family (facebook)why couldn't they just blended it and kept it moving! My prayers goes out to them all !
    mjlt3
    July 25, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    Because she obviously knew her ex was an evil man and wanted her kids out of there. Too bad it came with the ultimate price for her & her kids.

  • kaffeine Jul 25, 11:28 a.m.

    My heart just breaks for those precious babies! WHAT is wrong with these men? It is so selfish, so needless. We all must pray for peace in this crazy world!

  • mjlt3 Jul 25, 11:12 a.m.

    How sad...... what is this world coming to? Now all 3 kids are without parents, they had such a beautiful family (facebook)why couldn't they just blended it and kept it moving! My prayers goes out to them all !

  • newssaavy72 Jul 25, 11:02 a.m.

    OMG, look at those 2 litle precious babies in the picture. I feel so sorry for them and their families going through this grief. How in the world would h have exprected tho get the kids anyway after killing their mother. He would be in jail. It is always the children who suffer because of selfish parents. He and that lady need to rot in jail and/or get the death penalty.

  • trubydewald Jul 25, 10:38 a.m.

    Yet again!!! a man decides that killing the mother of his children is the answer to a custody battle. What kind of person thinks he can look into the trusting eyes of his children for the rest of their lives and not feel horrible guilt over killing their mother? There's a special place in Hell for those people right next to the ones who kill children.

  • fatkatts2 Jul 25, 10:27 a.m.

    what did the killer(s) hope to gain?

  • Wendellcatlover Jul 25, 10:23 a.m.

    It seems as though it's the same story that keeps happening over and over and over. Poor kids. I pray they are taken care of by someone who will love them almost as much as she would have, because noone could love them like she would have. The only good thing is that hopefully they are too young to understand that mommy's gone and will recover quickly. So sad!

  • ronbo Jul 25, 9:14 a.m.

    What is happening in our world today? Such a low value on human life. People need the Lord big time!

  • nanasix Jul 25, 9:11 a.m.

    God Bless her family and children, and may he watch over them.