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Body found in Texas believed to be missing Roswell woman

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Police in Texas say they believe a body found in suburban San Antonio is that of a former Roswell woman who disappeared after returning home from a trip around the world with her husband.

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Garden Ridge police believe the body found Thursday is that of 33-year-old Leanne Bearden, who has been missing for four weeks, the San Antonio Express-News reported. 

Police said Bearden's jewelry and her ID were found with the body. No other details were released, including whether the death is being investigated as a suicide, homicide or accident, according to the report.

"Upon arrival, Sgt. Bellinger and I located what we believe to be the body of Leanne Bearden," Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O'Conner said at a news conference. "We will reserve any information regarding the cause of death until an autopsy has been performed."

An autopsy was planned.

Bearden and her husband, Josh, are from the Denver area and had been staying at his parents' home in Garden Ridge. She was last seen Jan. 17 when she left her in-laws' home for a walk. The body was found in a wooded area less than a mile from where she was last seen.

The couple had been traveling the world for the past two years. They returned to the U.S. recently after a two-year trek across several continents with Josh, which was chronicled in a blog she wrote.

The family issued a statement late Thursday.

"Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne. We wish to thank the myriad of people who helped us search for Leanne and who supported us during this entire nightmare. We also wish to thank the members of the media who helped us tell our story. We thank the Garden Ridge Police Department and the other many agencies that provided such caring service to us. We especially thank the Heidi Search Center for their wonderful help and support. Although this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we draw comfort and strength from the outpouring of prayers, actions, and good wishes from all, including over 20,000 Facebook friends. We ask your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman, and we will all miss her."

More than 100 volunteers from Texas Search and Rescue and the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment and other agencies launched a massive search effort after Bearden was reported missing. The FBI and several family members and friends also assisted in the search.

The family thanked the law enforcement officials that participated in the search and members of the media for helping to publicize search efforts.

"We ask your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman, and we will all miss her greatly," the family's statement read.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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