Body Recovered from Trinity River Thought To Be Missing Woman

LIBERTY February 18, 2018 - Late Sunday afternoon a vehicle containing human remains who Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator Steven Rasberry and Houston Police Department Homicide Detective Gordon Sullivan said has a high probability of being 48 year old Jennifer Scott-Perkins was pulled from the Trinity River at the Hwy. 787 bridge in North Liberty County. Perkins who has been missing from her Houston home since January 2nd. had not been seen nor heard from since her cell phone had last been “pinged” just West of Rye, Texas around dark on that day and neither had her vehicle been found abandoned.

Since the day of Perkins disappearance, there has been a massive joint effort on the part of the Sheriff’s Office, the Houston Police Homicide Division and the well know Texas EquuSearch organization in mounting sonar searches in the Trinity River, foot searches, ATV as well as aerial searches for the missing woman but the searches were non-productive due, primarily, to the adverse water conditions. 

Information obtained from friends and relatives indicated that Perkins had some personal issues and in one of her last cell phone calls she made the comment that she intended to take her own life. That comment along with the locations of her last cell phone call would have placed her in the vicinity of the Hwy. 787 bridge. In addition, the fact that Perkins car had not been found abandoned led Investigator Rasberry and Director Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch to conclude there was a strong possibility a paved ramp leading down to the flooded Trinity River at the Hwy. 787 bridge might be a logical location to search.

 Two weeks ago, Texas EquuSearch Sonar operator Dennis Waters attempted to use sonar to scan the bottom of the river near this ramp but swift currents and flooded conditions prevented a successful attempt due to the dangerous flooded conditions. The water level has since dropped to a safe level to attempt another sonar search and a vehicle matching the description of the one Jennifer Scott-Perkins owned was located and pulled from about 35’ of water. The body of a woman was found in the vehicle but no positive identification can be made pending the results of an autopsy which was ordered by Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Judge Wade Brown who conducted the inquest.

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