(CNN) — After spending nearly two years criss-crossing the world, Leanne Hecht Bearden’s adventures — and life — ended abruptly in woods near a home in central Texas.
Authorities announced Thursday that a body believed to be the 33-year-old woman had been found in Garden Ridge, the same city where she was last seen January 17 heading out from her in-laws’ house for what was supposed to be a one-hour walk.
Her family later confirmed her death, saying on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her that they were “understandably devastated.”
“Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman,” the family said, “and we will all miss her greatly.”
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