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Body found in Texas believed to be missing Kinston mom

Posted July 24, 2011 9:45 p.m. EDT
Updated July 25, 2011 7:07 a.m. EDT

— 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."