Detectives believe pregnant woman’s body was dumped

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An autopsy report shows Kyle Police Department Victim Services Coordinator Samantha Dean, found dead last week, was shot in the head multiple times. She was also seven months pregnant with a girl she had already named Madeline. A Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy found Dean last week, but no arrests have been made.

According to documents obtained by KXAN, detectives determined Dean was killed in a different location from where they found her body. Police say her car was found with the door ajar and without backseats. Officers found her body with a bag over her head.

An Austin police officer, who may have been seeing her socially, has been placed on leave, but neither Austin police nor lead investigators in Bastrop County will say anything more. Her co-workers there say they’re on the “outside looking in” on the investigation.

“We’ll never be able to replace somebody with Sam’s spirit and her energy and drive to take care of crime victims,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. “But we also know she would want us to continue forward.”

Meanwhile, family members will have visitation for Dean from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Porter Loring North Chapel in San Antonio. Her funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Community Bible Church, also in San Antonio. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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