Missing woman found dead in Travis Co. creek

SPICEWOOD, Texas (KXAN) — Authorities recovered the body of a woman missing since late last month from a creek Wednesday in western Travis County, the sheriff’s office confirmed Friday.

Authorities got a call about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday from someone who saw the body near Pedernales Summit Parkway and State Highway 71. The water was only two feet deep, but because of very rough terrain it took a few hours to recover the body, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Medical Examiner’s office confirmed with detectives late Thursday it was Belle Neal, 46, who was last seen Jan. 30 in the 18400 block of Deep Well Drive, which is in the same area where the body was found.

“All evidence points to drowning but the final ruling on the cause of death, as well as the manner of death, is pending toxicology results,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

There is no evidence of any criminal activity surrounding her death. Authorities originally reported there were indications Neal was depressed and may have wanted to hurt herself.

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