Police find body of woman who disappeared after having car trouble


Highlights

Angela Morris was found dead Sunday morning not far from where she’d been reported missing nearly a week ago.

The Travis county medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Police on Sunday found the body of an Austin woman who had been missing for nearly a week.

Angela Morris, 47, was found dead at 5:52 a.m. in the woods behind a business complex on West Courtyard Drive at Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway), Austin police said Monday.

West Courtyard Drive is the same street where Morris and her fiancé, Andi Davies, got a second flat tire the afternoon of Aug. 20, he told the American-Statesman last week.

Police said they are not investigating Morris’ death as suspicious at this time.

Davies, who has a prosthetic leg, said he stayed behind while Morris walked off to get their lug nut key, which they had left where they had the first flat.

He did not see her reach Loop 360 because the highway was out of his line of sight, but she had told him her plan was to wash her hands inside a nearby building before heading north along Loop 360, he has said.

Morris’ family and Davies shared a statement Monday, thanking Austin police and “a supportive community who helped raise awareness of Angela’s disappearance. The family is heartbroken.”

Austin police homicide detectives said they and the Travis County medical examiner’s office are investigating the circumstances of Morris’ death, and the medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call the Austin police homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.

Davies and Morris, who had been together for about 10 years, had car trouble on their way to an appointment, Davies has said. After getting a flat tire once on Loop 360, they got back on the road with their spare tire, but it also had a blowout soon afterward.

They pulled over onto Courtyard Drive when they realized they had left the lug nut key where they’d changed the first flat tire, Davies has said. The location was about a mile and a half away, so Morris decided she’d walk back while Davies waited for the roadside assistance they’d requested by phone, he said.

After 4½ hours of waiting, he decided to call 911, he said. Police could not immediately find her, and Davies filed a missing person report.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Community news: Council candidate forums Thursday night

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Council candidate forums Thursday The city of Austin, in partnership with the city’s Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters - Austin Area, is conducting a series of City Council candidate forums for the November municipal election. The next forums will be Thursday at the South Austin Senior Activity...
Austin man accused of threatening Taylor Swift was Eanes ISD bus driver, district says
Austin man accused of threatening Taylor Swift was Eanes ISD bus driver, district says

An Austin man accused of writing threatening letters to pop star Taylor Swift was working as a bus driver in the Eanes school district as recently as this year and in 2012, district officials said in a letter to parents and staff. Eric Swarbrick, 26, was charged on Sept. 20 with interstate stalking and instate communications with the intent to threaten...
Average Travis County tax bill to go up by $32 under new budget
Average Travis County tax bill to go up by $32 under new budget

The average homeowner will pay about $32 more to Travis County than last year after county commissioners on Tuesday approved a $1.09 billion budget and a tax rate of 35.42 cents per $100 of taxable value. While the county’s tax rate is lower than last year’s rate of 36.90 cents, it’s higher than the 34.12-cent tax rate that the county...
Cody Wilson replaced as director of 3D-printed gun company Defense Distributed 
Cody Wilson replaced as director of 3D-printed gun company Defense Distributed 

11 a.m. update: Cody Wilson has quit as CEO of the 3D-printed gun company Defense Distributed after recent sexual assault charges filed against him. During a news conference on Tuesday, Paloma Heindorff, the company’s vice president of operations, said Wilson tendered his resignation on Friday evening, and that he will have no role in the company...
‘Ben is Back,’ ‘Widows,” ‘Green Book’ to play Austin Film Festival
‘Ben is Back,’ ‘Widows,” ‘Green Book’ to play Austin Film Festival

Julia Roberts! Mahershala Ali! Mickey Rourke! Carey Mulligan! And Willie Nelson! No, it’s not the cast of the New New New Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take the Red Headed Stranger to block”). These are just a few of the stars in movies playing this year’s Austin Film Festival, which announced its full slate Tuesday. Here are...
More Stories